The Washington State Gambling Commission announced today that director Rick Day is leaving his post after 11 1/2 years to take a job leading Massachusetts’ new gambling regulatory agency. Deputy director Dave Trujillo was appointed by the commission to take Day’s place on an interim basis.
The commission’s announcement, linked here, says in part:
Director Rick Day announced at the February meeting of the Washington State
Gambling Commission (WSGC) he is resigning effective March 15, 2013.
Rick was appointed Director of the WSGC in August 2001. Rick began his law
enforcement career as a police officer in Montana. He has worked in the criminal
justice system for over 30 years. About 20 of those years have been in state law
enforcement-regulatory work involving tobacco, liquor, and gambling
The Commissioners and staff wish Rick the best in his new position as the first
Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, a newly created agency.
The departure of Day comes coincidentally as the Legislature is considering House Bill 1295, which proposes to transfer certain powers to expand gambling and raise wagering limits from the commission to the Legislature. The bill was heard in the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and awaits a vote.
The Recreational Gaming Association, which represents non-tribal card rooms, opposes the bill and some lawmakers are raising questions about the move, according to this account. Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt of Olympia is sponsor of the legislation and Republican Rep. Jay Rodne of North Bend is the first co-sponsor.