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Gaming Expansion Signed into Law: Townships May Prohibit Satellite Casinos

Tuesday July 11th, 2017

Governor Wolf recently signed Act 42 of 2017(formerly HB 271), comprehensive gaming expansion, to finish funding the 2017-18 state budget into law.

Provisions important to townships:

•           Restores the local share assessment paid by existing casinos which the courts struct down last session.

•           Legalizes i-gaming, authorizes the creation of 10 satellite casinos (Category 4), permits video gaming terminals at truck stops and airports, and authorizes fantasy sports betting.

•           Grants municipalities the authority to prohibit a Category 4 licensed facility from locating within their municipality. To do so, the governing body of a municipality must pass a resolution indicating its desire to a prohibit category 4 casinos within the municipality.

Note: This resolution must be passed and delivered to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board no later than December 31, 2017.

Sample Resolution Available from PSATS
As a member service, PSATS has created a sample resolution for townships to use to prohibit Category 4 casinos. A copy of this resolution as well as instructions were mailed to all PSATS member townships this past Friday, November 3, 2017. A copy of this resolution can also be found here.