Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | 3:22 p.m.
CARSON CITY – Sen. Randolph Townsend, a 27-year member of the Nevada Legislature, has been named to the five-member Nevada Gaming Commission, which makes final decisions on casino matters.
The appointment was announced by Gov. Jim Gibbons, who said Townsend of Reno will replace Radha Chanderraj of Las Vegas, whose four-year term expired.
Townsend, who has never worked in a casino, said he wants to continue the strong regulation the state imposes on the industry, which is a standard for the world.
Townsend, 63, was prohibited by term limits from running for re-election. He said he will submit his resignation from the Legislature so he can assume his new part-time post. The commission meets once a month, alternating between Carson City and Las Vegas.
The commission has the final say on granting or revoking gaming licenses and work cards.
Townsend is a board member of Northstar Investors, a holding company of small businesses.
In announcing the appointment, Gibbons said Townsend “has played a key role in policy development in Nevada for many years.”
Townsend has served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. He also served as vice chairman of the Taxation Committee and was a member of the Committee on Government Affairs.
In the 2009 Legislature, Townsend introduced 17 bills and one proposed constitutional amendment.
The bills that became law included one allowing Washoe County to increase its gasoline tax; another prohibiting the staging of animal fights and one requiring certain health care policies to include coverage for the screening and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.