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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 20, 2017 08:45 AM
From: Representative Patrick J. Harkins
To: All House members
Subject: Casino LSA distribution and other gaming changes

­­­­­­­­­­­­In the near future, I will be introducing legislation designed to fix the local share assessment (LSA) issue in the Gaming Act by requiring all Category 1 and Category 2 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to host municipalities.

In addition, my legislation will amend the way the local share assessments from Hollywood and Presque Isle are allocated in order to distribute a small portion of these funds to Lebanon County and the City of Erie, respectively. These changes are in line with the way the local share assessments from Sands Casino are allocated to both Northampton and Lehigh Counties and distributed to specific municipalities in each of the respective counties.

My legislation will also specifically provide for some changes supported by the Gaming Control Board, which will increase license, permit and registration renewal periods and allow gaming manufacturers to utilize private laboratories to test gaming devices.

Please consider joining me in cosponsoring this legislation. Thank you.

Introduced as HB1301