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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 12, 2018 01:12 PM
From: Representative Ed Neilson
To: All House members
Subject: Defining the term “slot machine” in Title 18
Since the Pennsylvania General Assembly approved slot machines in 2004, we have been working to ensure that gaming is performed safely and legally throughout this Commonwealth. However, with gaming laws spread between multiple different statutes, it can be confusing for individuals involved with gaming when the definition of terms is inconsistent or unclear from one statute to another. One specific area where this confusion can have serious consequences is when definitions in the Crimes Code do not align with definitions elsewhere.

Under Pennsylvania’s Crimes Code, it is an offense to knowingly sell or set up gaming devices (including slot machines) for unlawful gambling, but Title 18 does not define what constitutes a slot machine. In an effort to reduce confusion and ensure continuity, my legislation would amend the Crimes Code to ensure that the term “slot machine” is defined there using the same definition as is used in Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

Please join me in helping to improve our laws in Pennsylvania by co-sponsoring this legislation.

Previous Co-Sponsors: M. Daley, Donatucci, Harkins, Helm, Kinsey, Kortz, McNeill & Warren.

Introduced as HB931