The casino industry of Pennsylvania is set to be reviewed this week, with two public hearings on schedule, organized by the Gaming Oversight Committee of the state. Each meeting will be held at casinos in the northeastern portion of the state and will consist of discussions on how to compete with neighboring states in the gaming industry as well as generate more revenues.
The first hearing will take place on April 28th at the Mount Airy Casino Resort (pictured) located in the Paradise Township. The second will take place the very next day, on the 29th, at the Mohegan Sun Pocono which is located in the Plains Township. Both meetings are expected to be attended by casino owners.
The lawmakers of the state are trying to come up with a bill package by the month of June to help the venues in the state become more of a competitor with neighboring states. The goal is also to bring in more revenues to Pennsylvania.
On top of land based casino discussions, the state is also considering online gaming. Several bills have already been proposed that would allow for online gaming to take place within Pennsylvania and are under review by the Gaming Oversight Committee. Legislators are also considering revising legislation created in 2013 involving licensing for games in local taverns plus social clubs offering video gaming.
The Chairman of the Gaming Oversight Committee, Representative John Payne, has suggested that the state review the current legislation to avoid such gaming industry catastrophes such as Atlantic City where four casinos closed in 2014.
Payne is also the creator of HB 649, a measure which calls for online casino and poker gaming in the state provided by land based casinos. If his measure is approved, the casinos owners in Pennsylvania would pay $5 million to gain licensing to offer online gaming from their properties.