Lancaster municipalities opt out of mini-casinos

Written by Staff Report/WITF | Dec 29, 2017 1:06 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- Not a single municipality in Lancaster County will allow mini-casinos to locate within their borders.

Republican State Senators Ryan Aument and Scott Martin of Lancaster County said in a statement the last remaining municipal resolution banning the new casinos has been delivered to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

"We could not be more pleased with the quick response and strong statement this sends to Harrisburg special interests," said the senators. "Lancaster County is extraordinary for many reasons, and hosting a mini-casino here adds nothing positive to our culture, people or economy. In fact, it runs counter to our heritage and character."

The new gambling law authorized up to ten mini-casinos to be operated by Pennsylvania's existing casinos. It also legalized internet gambling run by casinos, video gaming terminals at truck stops, bets on daily fantasy sports games and airport tablet gambling.

Municipal governments that chose not to host mini-casinos had to opt out by December 31.

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