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
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Capitol Quick Hits for 6.3.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 6.3.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today:

  • The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) held a rally in the Main Capitol Rotunda in support of access to quality oral health care in Pennsylvania and to present Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny) with the Kay Thompson Outstanding Legislator Award.
  •  Advocates for labor, faith-based organizations, and women’s rights groups rallied in the Main Capitol Rotunda to call for a minimum wage increase of at least $10.10 per hour. Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) spoke on behalf of her bill HB 1896 saying that her legislation would help millions of Pennsylvanians, including many women who are the majority of minimum wage workers.
  •  Members of the bipartisan Women’s Health Caucus held a press conference this morning to unveil the second phase of their “Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health,” which includes seven new pieces of legislation.  Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said, “This is truly a comprehensive collection of bills based on what women want in regards to their own health and issues we can address to help women in the Commonwealth live longer, healthier lives.”
  •  Legislators, teachers, parents, and advocates rallied in the Main Capitol Rotunda for Early Childhood Action Day and to call for Early Learning increases in the state budget by launching the “Early Learning PA” Campaign. Early Childhood Action Day is an annual event to raise awareness about the need for strong investments in early childhood education.
  •  Environmental advocates held a teleconference this morning to discuss the recent announcement made by the federal government regarding carbon limits in the U.S. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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VIDEO: Sen. Ward Discusses Take Aways from Hearing on Gaming in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Sen. Ward Discusses Take Aways from Hearing on Gaming in Pennsylvania

Sen. Kim Ward sat down with The PLS Reporter to talk about what she learned from today's Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee meeting on casino and internet gaming in the Commonwealth. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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