Reed on gaming bill: “That’s something we would like to bring to a conclusion very, very soon”

Reed on gaming bill: “That’s something we would like to bring to a conclusion very, very soon”

By a vote of 38-12 Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senate sent to the House a piece of legislation that contains what many are calling the largest expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania since gambling was legalized in the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As governor pushes for more pre-K and early childhood education funding, state budget consensus and urgency remains elusive

As governor pushes for more pre-K and early childhood education funding, state budget consensus and urgency remains elusive

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday was joined by education and law enforcement officials to stress the importance of providing a large increase in pre-K and early childhood education funding similar to what he offered in his proposed budget.

 

In February, the governor included as part of his $32.3 billion budget proposal a $75 million increase in early childhood education spending that includes pre-K programs and the Head Start program.

Monday, May 8, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators Monday introduced legislation that would legalize and tax the operation of video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Pennsylvania.

 

Under the legislation, VGTs—which host slot-machine-like games—would be allowed to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. Current estimates place the number of potentially eligible entities at around 12,000.

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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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
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Supreme Court gives lawmakers another 120 days to fix Gaming Act’s local share assessment

Supreme Court gives lawmakers another 120 days to fix Gaming Act’s local share assessment

With the expiration of the initial 120-day deadline set for this Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday—in response to an emergency petition for deadline extension filed by the leaders of two Senate caucuses—granted the legislature an addition 120 days to find a fix.

 

The extension allows the current assessment on casinos that is sent to host municipalities to keep flowing until just before the Memorial Day holiday.

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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