PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 912
PRINTER'S NO. 945
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
733
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY BROWNE, BOSCOLA AND SCAVELLO, JUNE 7, 2019
SENATOR BROWNE, APPROPRIATIONS, RE-REPORTED AS AMENDED,
JUNE 11, 2019
AN ACT
Providing for the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and
Tourism Fund Capital Budget for 2019; itemizing projects to
be assisted by the Department of Community and Economic
Development, together with their estimated financial costs;
authorizing recurring payments for certain projects; and
making appropriations.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Pennsylvania
Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund Capital Budget
Itemization Act of 2019.
Section 2. Authorizations from Pennsylvania Gaming Economic
Development and Tourism Fund.
Grants for projects, including capital, debt and operational
expenses itemized in section 3 from the current revenues of the
Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund by the
Department of Community and Economic Development, or its
successors or assigns, are hereby authorized pursuant to 4
Pa.C.S. ยง 1407 (relating to Pennsylvania Gaming Economic
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Development and Tourism Fund) as specified in this act. The
total amount authorized to be financed under this act from the
revenues of the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and
Tourism Fund shall be $20,000,000.
Section 3. Itemization of Pennsylvania Gaming Economic
Development and Tourism Fund projects.
The projects to be financed from the current revenues of the
Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund are
hereby itemized, together with their respective project
allocations, as follows:
Project
Project
Allocation
(1) To a regional economic development
corporation located in two contiguous counties of
the third class where a city of the third class
is located in both counties of the third class
for debt service on the construction of a science
and education center in either of two contiguous
counties of the third class in which a city of
the third class is located in both counties and
where a Category 2 licensed facility is located
in a city of the third class which is located in
more than one county of the third class.
20,000,000
(Base Project Allocation - $20,000,000)
(2) (Reserved).
Section 4. Duration of payments.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of law:
(1) The amount allocated to the project described in
section 3(1) shall be paid in annual amounts of not less than
$2,000,000 for 10 years, subject to section 5.
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(2) (Reserved).
Section 5. Limitation on expenditures.
(a) General rule.--Beginning in fiscal year 2019-2020, or
the first fiscal year in which the indebtedness described under
section 3 is incurred, whichever occurs later, it shall be
mandatory, not directory, that payments pursuant to section 4(1)
shall be made each year from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic
Development and Tourism Fund by the Department of Community and
Economic Development.
(b) Proportionate reduction.--In any year that the
Department of Community and Economic Development determines for
any reason that there are not sufficient funds to make the
mandatory payment, the amount of the mandatory payment shall be
proportionately reduced in an amount equal to the shortfall in
the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund.
(c) Total expenditures.--Total expenditures under this act
for the projects referred to in section 4 shall not exceed the
total amount authorized for each project in section 3.
Section 6. Limitation on use of allocation.
No more than one-tenth of 1% of the amount of a grant
allocated under section 3 may be used for administrative costs
incurred by the regional economic development corporation
described in section 3 for which the allocation was authorized.
Section 7. Appropriation APPROPRIATIONS.
The money in the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and
Tourism Fund is appropriated on a continuing basis to the
Department of Community and Economic Development for the
projects and in the amounts specified under sections 3(1) and
(4)(1).
THE SUMS NECESSARY FOR THE ANNUAL AMOUNTS ITEMIZED IN
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SECTIONS 3 AND 4 ARE HEREBY APPROPRIATED FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA
GAMING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM FUND TO THE DEPARTMENT
OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, UPON APPROVAL OF THE
GOVERNOR, FOR THE PROJECTS ITEMIZED IN THIS ACT.
Section 8. Report.
The Secretary of the Budget shall, within 10 days of the
expiration of each quarter of each fiscal year, electronically
provide to the chair and minority chair of the Appropriations
Committee of the Senate and the chair and minority chair of the
Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives a
report relating to the authorized projects described in section
3 which includes at least all of the following:
(1) The authorized project approved for release in the
preceding quarter.
(2) An estimate of the amount of funds remaining
available to be committed for additional projects under 4
Pa.C.S. Pt. II (relating to gaming).
Section 9. Effective date.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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