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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 19, 2017 02:07 PM
From: Senator Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: LSA Reauthorization
Pursuant to the opinion and order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Mt. Airy v. Department of Revenue, the General Assembly has until May 26, 2017 to enact legislation reauthorizing the local share assessment under the Gaming Act. The court ruled the Act’s local share assessment was a violation of the Uniformity Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution. In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend Title 4 (Amusement) to authorize a municipal local share assessment that complies with the Supreme Court's opinion and order.

Last session, the Senate passed, by a vote of 46 - 1, House Bill 1887, Printer’s Number 4140 that included a corrected local share. My legislation will provide nearly identical language to the local share language that was included in House Bill 1887 with two minor changes: the first is that my bill will not include a sunset provision; secondly, the measure incorporates the adjustments to the distribution in the local share assessment for the casino located in Montgomery County, as agreed to by the Montgomery County Delegation. All the other modifications to local share that were agreed to in Senate are included in my proposed legislation.

Please join in me sponsoring this legislation so that no community who has been receiving funding through the local share assessment loses that funding. It is imperative that we act on this issue as early as possible.

Introduced as SB704