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Fowler says conflict of interest forced resignation from gaming commission

Kirby FowlerDowntown Partnership of BaltimoreMartin O'MalleyDonald C. Fry

J. Kirby Fowler resigned from the state's gaming commission Thursday, saying that his role as a regulator for Baltimore's downtown casino represented a conflict of interest. Kirby is the president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, an advocacy group.

Kirby made the announcement at a regularly scheduled meeting of the recently renamed Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, a spokesman for the MLGCA said. He was the chairman of the group and will be replaced by vice chair Kimberly Roberston Pannell, a D.C.-area accountant.

Fowler was appointed to be the chairman of the state's lottery and gaming commission by Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2009. Fowler had served as a special assistant to O'Malley when the latter was mayor of Baltimore.

The MLGCA sets rules for the state's five exisiting casinos. A seperate entity, the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, awards licenses and plans to begin accepting proposals for a Prince George's casino next week in Annapolis. Donald C. Fry, head of the Greater Baltimore Committee, is the chairman of that group.

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