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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 5, 2022 11:12 AM
From: Representative Ed Neilson
To: All House members
Subject: Defining Slot Machines
Since the Pennsylvania General Assembly approved the use of slot machines in 2004, we have been working to ensure that gaming is performed safely throughout the Commonwealth. However, with gaming laws spread between multiple different statutes, it can be confusing for individuals involved with gaming when definitions are 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 the Pennsylvania’s Crimes Code, it is an offense to knowingly sell or set up gaming devices (including slot machines) for unlawful gambling. However, 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 used in Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

Please join me in clarifying gaming laws in Pennsylvania by co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB521