THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY FARNESE, FOLMER, RAFFERTY, FONTANA, ORIE AND WAUGH, MAY 11, 2009
REFERRED TO COMMUNITY, ECONOMIC AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, MAY 11, 2009
Amending Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, providing for additional public input hearings.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 4 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
is amended by adding a section to read:
§ 1205.1. Additional public input hearings.
(a) Public hearing required.--Prior to ruling on a petition
by a slot machine licensee seeking authorization to redesign its
licensed facility or seeking authorization to relocate its
licensed facility under section 1329 (relating to nonportability
of slot machine license), the board shall hold at least one
public hearing on the matter.
(b) Location.--All public input hearings required under
subsection (a) shall be held in the municipality where the
facility is located or is sought to be relocated and shall be
organized in cooperation with the municipality.
(c) Public notice.--The board shall provide public notice of
the date, time and location of the public hearing by advertising
once each week for three weeks in a newspaper of general
circulation within the municipality if there is such newspaper
and, if there is not, then publication shall be made in a
newspaper of general circulation within the county in which the
municipality is located. The board shall also post the date,
time and location of the public hearing on its Internet website.
(d) Witnesses.--The board shall establish a process through
which individuals may appear before the board at a public
hearing to comment on the merits of the petition pending before
the board. At a minimum, the process shall allow an individual
to request the opportunity to address the board through written
request or through the board's Internet website. A list of all
witnesses scheduled to testify at a public input hearing shall
be made public at least seven days prior to the hearing. The
list shall be updated at least three days prior to the hearing.
Additional witnesses shall be posted on the board's Internet
website as they are added to the list. The board may, in its
discretion, set reasonable time limits on an individual's
comments to the board at the public hearing.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.