iGaming Could Mean Regulatory Concerns and Likely Revenue, Hearing Reveals

As previewed by The PLS Reporter, the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee held a hearing on Pennsylvania’s gaming industry Tuesday, with a focus on what the introduction of internet gaming—or iGaming—could mean for Pennsylvania.

“It should be,” said Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) in regard to whether iGaming should be part of the revenue picture for the upcoming budget.

Sen. Scarnati, the Senate President Pro Tempore, was the author of Senate Resolution 273, which became the enabling impetus for a report from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on iGaming and other gaming reforms for Pennsylvania.

That report was the starting point for today’s hearing.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
General Assembly Reduction Bills Now Include Provision to Eliminate Lieutenant Governor, Reduce Size of Judiciary

General Assembly Reduction Bills Now Include Provision to Eliminate Lieutenant Governor, Reduce Size of Judiciary

The Senate State Government Committee advanced two bills today that would reduce the size of the General Assembly, eliminate the office of Lieutenant Governor, and reduce the size of the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior courts.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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“Painful” Line-by-Line Discussion Predominated House GOP Caucus Tuesday

The House Republicans were caucusing for more than three hours Tuesday afternoon. What were they talking about?

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget

Pensions Dominate Senate GOP Caucus Discussions, House Caucuses Tuesday on Budget

As most internal discussions turn to formulation of the budget, according to one Republican senator, his members used today’s caucus discussion to focus on if and/or how state and public school employee pensions should be reformed.

House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) confirmed his caucus will hold a two-hour minimum caucus on the budget Tuesday.

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Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Tags: budget

New Revenue Sources Likely to be Included in Budget

Monday morning saw the first of what will likely be many June meetings between House and Senate leadership to formulate a state budget.

Following that meeting, Republican leadership in both chambers agreed new revenue sources, fund transfers, and the efficacy of continuing tax cuts will all be on the table to balance a state budget that will follow months of less-than-expected revenue collections.

The exact nature of what that will look like, however, differed.

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Monday, June 2, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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