Senate Critics against Slot Bill

Published July 25, 2003 by OCR Editor

Senate Critics against Slot Bill

Senate critics say the bill to legalize slot machines at Pennsylvania's racetracks strips away a variety of public protections that could cost taxpayers millions.

Senate Minority Leader Robert J. Mellow, D-Lackawanna is demanding a new round of talks on the bill, which House leaders and Gov. Ed Rendell have seized on as the primary funding source for a plan to cut school property taxes by 20 percent statewide.

Senate Democrats focused their criticisms on a provision added to the House bill at the request of lobbyists for Penn National Gaming Inc. that could exempt a future buyer of the Wyomissing-based company from licensing reviews by the state and paying the state's $50 million license fee.

Senate negotiators successfully insisted last month that any successor buyer of a slot license would need to face a separate state review and pay its own license fee.

The House version says the provisions need not apply to an acquisition of a publicly-traded company like Penn National, corporate parent of Penn National Racetrack in Dauphin County.

See also

Pennsylvania's Latest Online Gambling Bill Moves Slightly Forward in the Senate

New Bill in California Seeks to Regulate Online Poker (Again)

Online Poker Bill Approved by California Committee

Governor Puts Maine Sports Betting Bill on Hold

Can Michigan Sports Betting Bill Overcome Its Obstacles?


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