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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 17, 2016 12:05 PM
From: Representative John D. Payne
To: All House members
Subject: Lottery Oversight to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to transfer the oversight and operation of the lottery from the Department of Revenue to the PA Gaming Control Board.

The PA Gaming Control Board is the Commonwealth’s chief gambling regulator tasked with both maintaining integrity of legalized gambling and minimizing problem gambling. However, their regulatory oversight has been mostly limited to casino gambling. Personally, I believe gambling is gambling regardless of whether it is a small game of chance, a scratch-off ticket, a slot machine or table game. Given the board’s exemplary record with the Commonwealth’s casino industry, I believe it is time to consolidate regulatory oversight of the lottery, which is gambling, under the board.

It is important to note that my legislation will not repeal the State Lottery Law nor will it alter the way in which senior services are currently funded. The legislation will simply transfer oversight of this gambling product to the board. The board has efficiently and responsibly enforced the Commonwealth’s laws related to casino gambling, and I believe they will provide the same level efficiency to the regulation of the lottery as well if given the responsibility.

I hope you will join me by cosponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions, please contact my office at 787-2684.

Introduced as HB105