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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 21, 2018 10:23 AM
From: Senator Scott Martin and Sen. Ryan P. Aument
To: All Senate members
Subject: Municipal Opt-Out of Truck Stop VGTs
In October 2017, Governor Wolf signed Act 42, an omnibus gaming bill into law. One of the key components of this legislation allowed local governments to opt-out of having a category 4 “mini-casino” in their municipality. By December 31, 2017, over 1,000 municipalities across the Commonwealth adopted resolutions to opt-out.

In addition to many other types of gaming expansion, Act 42 also created the opportunity for truck stop establishments who meet certain criteria to host up to 5 video game terminals (VGTs). An opt-out was available, but only for counties who had a Category 1, 2 or 3 casino already in their county. Ultimately 10 of the 12 counties with casinos adopted resolutions to opt-out.

Municipalities that do not want to see gaming expand into their communities should have the right to say no. The people should have the ability to maintain and protect their individual culture and that is why we are introducing legislation that will allow all municipalities, by resolution, to prohibit the use of VGTs at local truck stops.

We hope you will join us in co-sponsoring this timely legislation.

Introduced as SB87