Appointee to Head Maryland Lottery Nearing Vote After Delays

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Senate panel is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Maryland’s acting lottery director — more than 21 months after Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him to the job.

A vote by the panel on whether to send Gordon Medenica’s appointment to the full Senate is expected Monday.

Some senators have expressed confidence in his experience. Others, however, have had questions about him.

That’s because of his association with a company the lottery recommended for a state contract worth more than $260 million, instead of a company with a less costly bid or another that was a minority business enterprise, which had the lowest of the three bids. Critics have expressed skepticism about his commitment to minority business participation goals.

Medenica was New York Lottery director from 2007 to 2012.

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