McIlhinney Announces Senate Law & Justice Committee Hearings on Legal Gaming Devices, VGTs

(HARRISBURG) State Senator Chuck McIlhinney (R-10) today announced that the Senate Law & Justice Committee will be holding hearings on the issue of legal gambling devices.  The hearing will also cover Liquor Control enforcement of “Stop-and-Go’s.” 

McIlhinney is Chairman of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, which is responsible for reviewing legislation, regulations and policies pertaining to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Recent statements by leaders in the state House regarding the possible legalization of video gaming terminals (VGTs) have made clear that there appears to be an epidemic of illegal VGTs across at least portions of Pennsylvania.  In fact, a recent op-ed by a House member stated, “…that thousands of illegal VGTs are here in Pennsylvania, right now.  They are being operated out of locations with no regulation, no oversight, and no money back to local and state governments.” 

“I guess we should thank the House for bringing this issue to light, though I find it disturbing that members of this legislature may have known about possible illegal gaming machines and done nothing about it,” McIlhinney stated. “We will be holding hearings on the issue of legal gaming machines and, as part of that process, will focus significant energy on addressing and ending this scourge of illegal VGT’s across the Commonwealth.”

Hearings are scheduled for September 19, 2017 starting at 11:00 am in Senate Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.

“I think it is important that we show the people of Pennsylvania we can address the problem of illegal VGTs before we talk about adding 55,000 new machines into venues across the state,” McIlhinney continued. “These hearings are an important first step in that process.”


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