HARRISBURG – After a bill sponsored by Senators Scott Martin (R-13) and Ryan Aument (R-36) was signed into law this week to allow Lancaster County municipalities to opt-out of allowing video gaming terminals (VGTs) into their truck stops and gas stations, both lawmakers are now offering assistance to local municipalities who are interested in pursuing that option.
Martin and Aument sent a letter today to every municipality in Lancaster County to offer more information on the opt-out process. Municipalities that wish to opt-out are required to pass a resolution to that effect and deliver it to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board no later than August 31, 2019.
The letter, which was also signed by members of Lancaster County’s House delegation, included a copy of the new law and additional details regarding the decision to opt-out of allowing VGTs.
Every municipality in Lancaster County took advantage of a similar opt-out provision for the location of mini-casinos in local communities as part of a 2017 state law that expanded gambling opportunities throughout the state.
“Due to the short time frame that municipalities have to opt-out, it is critical for municipal officials to review all of the available information and make a decision as soon as possible,” Aument said. “Our offices stand ready to assist any municipality that needs help in navigating the opt-out process.”
“With passage of the new law, local municipalities face a decision that will affect our people, our communities and our economy,” Martin said. “Ensuring our communities could make this choice was the right thing to do. As local officials work to make the best choice for the people they represent, we are ready to help any.”
Senate Bill 321 was signed into law Tuesday as Act 63 of 2019.