Highlights of Pennsylvania’s casino gambling expansion bill
A newly unveiled measure to expand casino-style gambling in Pennsylvania – already the nation’s No. 2 commercial casino state – is on the move in the Legislature in a bid to help the state government plug its biggest cash shortfall since the recession.
The heavily lobbied legislation emerged from behind closed doors Wednesday night as part of wider budget negotiations, after competing measures passed the House and Senate in the last five months. It involves a jumble of concepts that offer a combination of license fees and taxes on new gambling losses. The Senate passed it, 31-19. The measure requires approval by the House and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Here is a look at some of the elements: