Embattled ex-speaker named members to sports betting council

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 16:02:04-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former House Speaker Glen Casada's final moments as an embattled legislative leader were spent appointing members to Tennessee's high-profile sports betting council.

Casada stepped aside as the GOP-controlled House leader last Friday following a long series of scandals involving explicit text messages about women. The weeks building up to his resignation were spent mostly outside of the public eye, with Casada avoiding legislative meetings and reporters.

However, after backing legislation legalizing sports betting in Tennessee during this year's legislative session, Casada appointed two members to the newly enacted council tasked with overseeing mobile and interactive sports gambling for people 21 and older.

Casada selected Knoxville attorney John Valliant Jr. and lobbyist Thomas Lee.

Senate Speaker Randy McNally has also appointed two people to the council.