Lawmakers begin process of examining gaming expansion proposals, fix to local share assessment

Lawmakers begin process of examining gaming expansion proposals, fix to local share assessment

The House and Senate committees responsible for oversight of gaming-related legislation began the process Tuesday of examining much-discussed proposals to expand gaming in Pennsylvania and also fix the local share assessment paid by brick-and-mortar casinos to host municipalities that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found unconstitutional last year.

 

Tuesday’s joint hearing kicks off the start of considering comprehensive changes to Pennsylvania’s Gaming Act that are under significant time constraints.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Fixing casino local share payment looks like an uphill climb for General Assembly

Fixing casino local share payment looks like an uphill climb for General Assembly

Though the Pennsylvania Supreme Court created a sense of urgency when it instituted a 120-day clock in its decision striking the gaming local share last month, it looks like it might be an uphill climb for the General Assembly to get a fix done in the current legislative session.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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ICA makes contingency plans for Pittsburgh budget in light of recent PA Supreme Court casino ruling

During the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority’s (ICA) 3rd Quarter board meeting held Wednesday afternoon, the Authority passed Pittsburgh’s proposed $539 million operating budget continent upon the city verifying within 120 days that it would receive the $10 million it’s owed from Rivers Casino.

Due to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling last week that the local share assessment of casinos in the state gaming law is unconstitutional, Pittsburgh has been trying to ensure that the money stays in the city’s budget.

“We’ve received word already from the Gaming Revenue office and the Secretary of the Budget that they don’t think there is going to be any distribution of any gaming revenue now until the legislature readdresses the legislation that was declared unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court,” said Renny Clark, the ICA’s interim executive director.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Supreme Court casino tax ruling could put new impetus behind gaming expansion, reform

Supreme Court casino tax ruling could put new impetus behind gaming expansion, reform

On Wednesday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional various provisions in the Gaming Act allowing a municipal and county share assessment to be levied on casinos in the commonwealth. That decision, Mount Airy #1, LLC v. PA Dept. of Revenue, might spur legislative activity to pass comprehensive gaming expansion and reform legislation to include fixes to the Act.

 

The effect of the supreme court’s decision could have an impact for municipalities and counties counting on the gaming revenue for their budgets.

Thursday, September 29, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA Supreme Court to review decision creating “extra-legislative scheme” for amending charter school charters

PA Supreme Court to review decision creating “extra-legislative scheme” for amending charter school charters

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Tuesday announced it will be taking the appeal of Discovery Charter School, who is complaining, that—among other things—the Commonwealth Court erred when it created what they say is an “extra-legislative scheme’ for amending charter school charters that is not contained in the Charter School Law.

The appeal stems from the case Discovery Charter School v. School Reform Commission, where the Commonwealth Court held that the School Reform Commission’s inaction on Discovery’s attempted amendment to its charter during its renewal phase constituted a denial of the amendment, and that denial was then appealable to the State Charter School Appeal Board.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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