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Lawmakers want municipalities to be able to block truck-stop gaming

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Pennsylvania municipalities could have the power to block video-gaming terminals at truck stops within their borders.

Republican state Sens. Scott Martin and Ryan Aument, both of Lancaster County, are planning to introduce legislation that will give all municipalities in the state the option to decline VGTs at truck stops by passing a resolution, according to a news release.

The new legislation will expand on Act 42 of 2017, which allowed the state to establish up to 10 satellite casinos, but also gave each municipality the ability not to allow one of the so-called mini-casinos venue to be built within their borders.

Act 42 also allowed for a limited number of VGTs in truck stops across the state. Counties that already hosted a casino were allowed to opt out, but municipalities weren’t given a choice.

The Lancaster County senators noted that every municipality in their county passed resolutions prohibiting mini-casinos. “I believe that most or all of our local municipalities would opt out of VGTs as well if they are given that option,” Aument said in the release.

“The decision whether or not to allow gambling in a municipality should be made locally, not mandated by lawmakers in Harrisburg,” Martin said.

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Maria Yohn Nease

Maria Yohn Nease covers banking, finance and York county. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at mnease@cpbj.com.

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