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McGrath Appoints Kennedy, Murnion to Gaming Advisory Council

HELENA — Attorney General Mike McGrath has appointed Pam Kennedy of Kalispell and Nick Murnion of Jordan to the Gaming Advisory Council.

Kennedy will represent local government interests and serve on the GAC until January 2004, completing the term of Dennis Taylor of Billings. Kennedy has been the mayor of Kalispell since January 2002. She has served on a number of community boards and committees in Kalispell, including the Kalispell Youth Advisory Council, Kalispell Police Advisory Council, Family Violence Council and the Flathead County Peer Court.

Murnion is the Garfield County attorney. He will fulfill the term of former Beaverhead County attorney Tom Scott and serve until January 2005.

Murnion has been Garfield County attorney since 1979. In the 1990s he garnered national attention for his prosecution of the Freeman in eastern Montana. In 1998 he was named the ninth person to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library and in 2000 he received the Courageous Advocacy Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past president of the Montana County Attorneys Association and in 1996 he received a local professionalism award from the Montana Bar Association.

The Gaming Advisory Council was created in 1989 to study all aspects of gambling in Montana, to review and comment on administrative rules proposed by the Department of Justice’s Gambling Control Division, and to make recommendations to the department and the legislature on gambling-related matters.

Under state law, the council is made up of nine members: one each from the Senate and the House of Representatives, one public member, two local government representatives, one Native American representative and three gaming industry representatives. Legislative leaders select the legislative members while the attorney general appoints the remaining members.

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