July 19, 2018

Thursday PA Capitol Digest NewsClips

Micek: In Fundraising Blast, Wagner Goes After HBG’s White Whale: Eliminating Property Taxes
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July 18, 2018

PA Gaming Board: 2nd Month Of Fantasy Sports Contests Nets $152,679.34

The PA Gaming Control Board Wednesday reported the second month of fantasy sports contest play netted $156,679.34 in state revenue bringing the total revenue for the first two months of the program to $352,435.28.
The report provides a breakdown on fees collected from the play of Pennsylvania participants, Fantasy Sports Contests operators adjusted revenue, and the tax revenue due to the Commonwealth.
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Wednesday PA Capitol Digest NewsClips

John Baer: Is Wagner Harrisburg’s ‘Very Worst?’ Does Wolf Want To Kill Rural Schools? 
Meyer: Wagner, Wolf Volley Back And Forth On Education
Wolf Campaign Ad Blasts Wagner
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July 17, 2018

Auditor General DePasquale Expands Scope Of Voting Security Audit In Wake Of Latest Russian Indictments

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday said he is expanding the scope of his audit outreach to help protect the security and integrity of Pennsylvania’s voting system.
“Based on the indictments unveiled last week against Russians who conspired to interfere with our 2016 election and revelations that stolen material about election candidates was distributed in Pennsylvania and other states, I am expanding the scope of my audit outreach to protect Pennsylvania’s election system,” DePasquale said.
“Despite the embarrassing display from the president yesterday on foreign soil, I believe there are good people working at the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Attorney’s office. I am reaching out them today because it is clear the president has no interest in protecting the integrity of our elections.
“We cannot trust this president to do the right thing to protect the nation’s election system.  We need to come up with our own plan to help prevent outside interference in Pennsylvania’s election process,” he said.
DePasquale sent letters to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the three U.S. Attorney’s offices in Pennsylvania to begin discussions on how best to protect the state’s systems against election interference in the future.
The new audit outreach will enhance the recommendations in the audit DePasquale announced in June to evaluate the integrity and security of Pennsylvania’s voting system. That audit is based in part on information provided by Homeland Security last year confirming that Pennsylvania was one of 21 states Russian hackers targeted prior to the 2016 election.
DePasquale also raised alarms about news that Russian oligarch Vladimir Potanin is the largest investor in ByteGrid LLC, the company that manages Maryland’s voter registration system.
“Pennsylvania is currently reviewing options to modernize its election systems, and I want to ensure that any system Pennsylvania may use now and in the future is wholly owned, controlled and managed by a firm with American interests,” DePasquale said.
“I will use my authority to review current vendors to ensure there are no connections to Russia and that processes are in place to make sure this doesn’t happen here. I have always said in my audits that vendor selection is up to the agency, but I want to be clear that there is no room for any contractor with Russian ties to be working on our election systems as allegedly has happened in Maryland.  
“The integrity of our entire election system is at stake,” he said. “I will be doing my part to protect America’s and Pennsylvania’s interests. We simply cannot allow Russian operatives or other interference undermine our country’s democratic process.”

9 Casinos Petition PA Gaming Control Board To Conduct Interactive Gaming

The PA Gaming Control Board Tuesday announced it has received nine petitions from casino license holders requesting approval to conduct Interactive Gaming (iGaming) in the Commonwealth.
All of the petitions received are requesting approval to conduct:
-- Non-Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates slot machines;
-- Non-Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates table games; and,
-- Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates poker.
Petitions were received from the following casino license holders:
-- Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment, Inc., operator of the Parx Casino (received July 12, 2018)
-- Stadium Casino, LLC, licensed to operate the unopened Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia (received July 13, 2018)
-- Mount Airy #1, LLC, operator of Mount Airy Casino Resort (received July 13, 2018)
-- Sands Bethworks Gaming, LLC, operator of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (received July 16, 2018)
-- Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing, LLC, operator of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (received July 16, 2018)
-- Valley Forge Convention Center Partners, LP, operator of Valley Forge Casino Resort (received July 16, 2018)
-- Chester Downs and Marina, LLC, operator of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack (received July 16, 2018)
-- Holdings Acquisition Co., LP, operator of the Rivers Casino (received July 16, 2018)
-- Sugarhouse HSP Gaming, LP, operator of SugarHouse Casino (received July 16, 2018)
By submitting the petitions by Monday, July 16, 2018, these casino license holders can obtain approval to conduct all three of the categories of interactive games for an authorization fee of $10 million.  
Until August 14, 2018, casino license holders can still petition the Board to conduct all three or some of the categories of interactive games for an authorization fee of $4 million for each.
Should interactive gaming certificates remain after the 120-day period, the Board may set a time for when it would begin accepting petitions from qualified gaming entities to conduct interactive games in all or some of the categories.
Per Act 42 of 2017, the Board must approve or deny a petition for interactive gaming within 90 days of determining the petition is complete.
The fee appropriate to the category or categories of games to be operated is due no later than 60 days after the Board gives approval to a petition to operate iGaming.

Tuesday PA Capitol Digest NewsClips

Maykuth: 9 PA Casinos Place Their Bets On Internet Gambling
Thompson: 9 Casinos Opt-In For Online Gambling In Pennsylvania
Sands Casino Bethlehem Applies To Conduct Online Gambling, But Why?
Legalized Gambling Is Close; So Is Big Decision For NCAA Schools
AP-Levy: Petitions To Offer Online Gambling In PA Roll In
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