Senator Langerholc to Hold Informational Session For Local Elected Officials on New Gaming Expansion Law

State Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) will hold an informational session to update local elected officials on a new law that will expand gaming opportunities in Pennsylvania.

The session will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6 at Forest Hills Junior-Senior High School, 489 Locust Street in Sidman.

Langerholc said representatives of the PA Gaming Control Board will be on hand to further explain provisions of the law, how it will impact municipalities, and options available to local governments.

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

Also included in the new law is an opt-out provision for municipalities that do not want a Category 4 “mini-casino” within their borders.  Under the law, local governments must pass a resolution prohibiting the location of one of these facilities within the municipality by December 31, 2017.

“The goal of this session is to provide local officials with detailed information on the new law, including the definition of a Category 4 License, the timeframe for Category 4 Auctions and location restrictions for mini casinos,” Langerholc said.  “It’s important for local officials to have these details so that they can understand the options available to them and, in turn, inform area residents.”

Local elected officials interested in taking part in the session should please R.S.V.P to Kelley Peters in Senator Langerholc’s office at