With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

With lessons learned, bipartisan group of legislators hopes for VGT bill success

A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators Monday introduced legislation that would legalize and tax the operation of video gaming terminals (VGTs) in Pennsylvania.

 

Under the legislation, VGTs—which host slot-machine-like games—would be allowed to be played in and hosted by establishments that possess a valid Pennsylvania liquor license as well as truck stops and off track betting sites. Current estimates place the number of potentially eligible entities at around 12,000.

Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Lawmakers begin process of examining gaming expansion proposals, fix to local share assessment

Lawmakers begin process of examining gaming expansion proposals, fix to local share assessment

The House and Senate committees responsible for oversight of gaming-related legislation began the process Tuesday of examining much-discussed proposals to expand gaming in Pennsylvania and also fix the local share assessment paid by brick-and-mortar casinos to host municipalities that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found unconstitutional last year.

 

Tuesday’s joint hearing kicks off the start of considering comprehensive changes to Pennsylvania’s Gaming Act that are under significant time constraints.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Democrats ask Gov. Wolf to call a special session on property tax reform

Senate Democrats ask Gov. Wolf to call a special session on property tax reform

The Senate Democratic Caucus was out in force Wednesday, urging the governor to call a special session on property tax reform.

 

The issue has been at the center of heated debate for years in Pennsylvania, and has taken up a particular place of prominence with the recent and increasing success of property tax elimination proponents to gain support for their concept.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

Senate schedules hearings to examine potential impact of prison closures

The heads of three Senate committees stated Wednesday that they will be scheduling hearings in the coming weeks to vet the recent potential impact of the recently announced prison closures.

 

Late last week, the Department of Corrections announced the coming closure of two state prisons and released a list of five potential closures.

Thursday, January 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate Democratic Policy Committee tackles role of charter schools in public education

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the role of charter schools in public education across the state. 

“I hope today’s hearing gives us a better sense of how the charter school system works; how it compliments, or detracts from traditional pubic schools; and ways we can make these schools more efficient, transparent and accountable,” said Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), chairman of the committee. 

Calling Pennsylvania’s charter school law the “worst in the nation,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a 95-page audit last month that revealed numerous examples of financial mismanagement, conflicts of interest and poor oversight.

Thursday, October 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
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