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HB 271 Aims to Legalize Operator-Based Video Gaming in Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Stephanie Shirley
Stephanie@millirongoodman.com

HB 271 Aims to Legalize Operator-Based Video Gaming in Pennsylvania

Newly introduced House Bill 271 (HB 271) would legalize operator-based video gaming terminals to help grow the economy and provide a significant influx of revenue for the Commonwealth.

HARRISBURG—HB 271 has the potential to add hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue to Pennsylvania through the legalization of operator-based video gaming terminals (VGTs) that can be placed in liquor licensed locations. The prime sponsors of this legislation are Representatives Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) and Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) along with 46 co-sponsors.

VGTs would have a profound economic impact on the Commonwealth. This same operator-based model that is being proposed in HB 271 was successfully implemented in Illinois in 2012. In 2016, VGTs generated over $1 billion in total revenue without the participation of the City of Chicago. The proposed model anticipates that all of PA will participate and should generate over $1.1 billion in total annual revenue which would then mean as much as $400 million to the Commonwealth, once fully implemented.

Additionally, route operators and other companies would expand their businesses into the Commonwealth, providing new jobs and tax revenue. An estimated 7,500 participating liquor licensed establishments would also receive a new, substantial stream of revenue to help grow their businesses and improve their facilities to attract more patrons.

“Video gaming terminals installed in Pennsylvania liquor licensed establishments will be a viable revenue opportunity for the Commonwealth to balance its budget and help struggling amusement operators, bars, restaurants, and veteran organizations,” says Rich Teitelbaum, President of the Pennsylvania Video Gaming Association (PAVGA) and owner of Lendell Vending of Garnet Valley.

Most importantly, HB 271 will put an end to the thousands of illegal VTGs that currently exist throughout Pennsylvania, bringing complete transparency and accountability to the industry. The bill outlines strict oversight and strong regulations from the Gaming Control Board and dedicates funding to help problem gaming.

About PAVGA: The Pennsylvania Video Gaming Association (PAVGA) was established for the purpose of creating a Pennsylvania operator-based video gaming law that will grow small businesses and bring critically needed revenue to the Commonwealth. Two firms represent the lobbying, legislative and legal efforts of PAVGA: Andy Goodman of Milliron Goodman Government Relations, LLC (Harrisburg, PA) and Paul Jenson of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP (Chicago, IL). More information about PAVGA can be found at www.PAVGA.org.

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