Help wanted: Slots commissioner
Lawlah said that her day job as Gov. Martin O'Malley's Secretary of Aging is keeping her too busy to keep up with the commission's packed meeting schedule.
The seven-member panel issues slots licenses to casino operators and will be in the news quite a bit in coming months: They expect to be weighing bids for new casinos in Baltimore in July and Rocky Gap in September.
In an interview, Lawlah described her brief tenure on the commission as a "flash in and out process." She said she was "thrilled" to be named but had not anticipated the "tough" schedule.
Lawlah said that she believes seniors need a voice on the commission because so many of them play slots. "I'm sorry I couldn't do both," she said.
Lawlah was a senator from Prince George's County for 16 years before joining O'Malley's administration in 2007. She was Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's pick on the commission.