|Posted:||January 17, 2017 01:38 PM|
|From:||Representative Anthony M. DeLuca|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Legislation Providing for Video Gaming Machines in Clubs|
|In the near future, I intend to re-introduce legislation (HB 986 of 2015) amending Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which would allow clubs (as defined in the Liquor Code) with a liquor license to host video gaming machines.
My legislation is identical to Representative Paul Costa’s House Bill 808 of 2015 in every aspect with the only exception being that “Licensed Establishments” are limited to clubs only. It is imperative that the Commonwealth is able to strike the delicate balance between closing the state’s revenue gap, acknowledging the mutually beneficial arrangement with the Gaming industry, and supporting the clubs and organizations that give so much back to the citizens of Pennsylvania. I firmly believe that by limiting Video Gaming Machines to nonprofit clubs as defined in the Liquor Code, we are able to effectively achieve this goal.
Just as in House Bill 808 from last session stated, 33% of the net profits from video gaming would go to the licensed establishment, 33% to the terminal operator, and 34% to the Commonwealth’s General Fund.
Please join me in supporting this legislation. The Commonwealth and the clubs would greatly benefit from this balanced approach.
Introduced as HB469