Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Extends May Public Input Hearings for Philadelphia Casino License to a Second Day

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced today that it has added a 2nd day next month at Lincoln Financial Field to collect public input for the awarding a casino license in Philadelphia.

The session, to be held May 9, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, will be in addition to the previously announced date of May 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The additional session has been added because all of the available spots for that first day of hearings have been filled.  The hearings at the stadium will be held on both days in the Red Zone Lounge.

Those who have yet to testify before the Board at the recent hearings at the Pennsylvania Convention Center or were unable to secure a spot for May 8th, can now register to speak by visiting the Board's web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. Registrations are first-come, first-served.

Complete information on the public input hearings, along with instructions on submitting written testimony can be accessed from the Quick Links section of the web site's home page titled "Philadelphia Casino Applicants Information." A map of the stadium area is also available on the web site to assist those attending with parking.

Public input hearings provide a forum for individuals to voice their support or opposition to a proposed casino in their communities.  Information received by the Board during these proceedings will be included in the record upon which the Board will grant or deny licenses.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 with the passage of Act 71, also known as the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Pennsylvania's first new state agency in nearly 30 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state's casino industry. The 11 casinos in operation all offer both slot machine and table game gambling, employ over 16,000 people, and collectively generate an average of $4 million per day in tax revenue. A portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners; provide funds to the Commonwealth's horse racing industry, fire companies, a statewide water and sewer project grant program, and the state's General Fund; and, established a new stream of tax revenue to local governments that host casinos for community projects.

A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board's regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania's gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. At this website, visitors can watch Board meetings live or view videos of past meetings, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information.  You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

SOURCE Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board



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