Mullery responds to casino industry’s requests for changes to state law

HARRISBURG, March 19 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, said he’s opposed to many of the regulatory changes requested by the heads of 10 of 12 casinos in Pennsylvania, including the chief operating officer of Mohegan Sun.                                           

The casino executives asked the four ranking legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf to reject video game terminals in non-casinos. Mullery said he supports H.B. 808, which would legalize video gaming terminals in Pennsylvania taverns, clubs and hotels.

“These terminals would replace the many unregulated and illegal video poker machines already in place across Pennsylvania, and could help generate revenue to help close the state’s budget deficit,” Mullery said.

Mullery, an ardent supporter of the state Clean Air Act, said he also opposes the casino heads’ request for lawmakers to reject further smoking restrictions. Citing public safety concerns, Mullery said he additionally opposes their request to serve alcohol around the clock.

Finally, Mullery said he has not taken a position on the casino executives’ requests to create casino reinvestment tax credits and to expand promotional play opportunities. He said he is still considering both of those matters.