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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: August 30, 2018 04:11 PM
From: Representative Doyle Heffley
To: All House members
Subject: Mini Casino License Auctions
In the near future, I will be amending the recently enacted gaming expansion legislation, Act 42 of 2017, to ensure the Commonwealth maximizes revenue from the Category 4 license (mini casino) auction process.

As you may recall, Act 42 expanded several forms of gambling in the Commonwealth. One such expansion item was authorizing the PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to auction no more than 10 miniature casino licenses. Participation in the initial mini casino auctions are limited exclusively to existing PA casinos.

However, if the PGCB reaches a round of auctions where there are no bids from any PA casinos, the PGCB may hold additional auctions for any entity that can complete a PGCB background check. To date, the PGCB has issued 5 mini casino licenses to PA casinos, and 5 licenses remain with no other PA casinos expressing interest in the remaining licenses. Additionally, the PGCB has not decided if they will hold additional auctions for other entities for the remaining licenses.

Under my legislation, the PGCB will be required to hold auctions for both PA casinos and other entities until the remaining 5 licenses are issued. Additionally, in order to expand the location options for the remaining mini casinos, my legislation would permit a mini casino to be placed in Carbon County.

I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this legislation. Auctioning the remaining mini casino licenses would ensure an additional $50 million would be deposited into the General Fund.