5/24/17 - Fixing the Casino "Local Share" Issue

Senator Camera Bartolotta speaks in support of House Bill 271, legislation which would, among other things, fix the casino "local share" issue.

When lawmakers first authorized slot machine gaming in Pennsylvania, the gaming law ensured counties and municipalities that host casinos would get a share of the revenue to account for increased emergency response needs, infrastructure demands and other pressing community priorities. However, a state Supreme Court ruling last year invalidated that section of the law.

Without action to reinstate the local share, host municipalities and counties could stand to lose $140 million or more in annual revenue – most of which would be passed on to taxpayers in the form of tax increases. The court set a deadline for lawmakers to fix the problem, and that deadline is rapidly approaching.