HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Supporters say expanding video gaming will bring in hundreds of millions of dollars to the state at a time when it faces billions in deficit.
The bipartisan effort would legalize thousands of internet gaming terminals and machines to restaurants, bars, and firehouses that are now using them illegally.
Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) says it’s time to regulate illegal video gaming terminals.
“According to the state police, they estimate that there are 40,000 illegal VGT’s in Pennsylvania, and we need to capture that revenue,” Reschenthaler said.
Reschenthaler says the legislation would create a shared account among the state’s 67 counties and generate nearly $500 million in five years.
The money would have various uses including funding volunteer fire departments, fighting drug addiction, and addressing the state’s structural deficit.