Rep. Kurt Masser (R-Northumberland/Columbia/Montour) has introduced HB 1274, designed to make tavern gaming more attractive and profitable for both bar owners and the state.Cosponsors are Steve Barrar (R, Delaware), Tony DeLuca (D, Allegheny), Lee James (R, Clarion), Mike Jones (R, York), David Millard (R, Northumberland), Chris Sainato (D, Beaver), Stan Saylor (R, York) and Jeff Wheeland (R, Lycoming). The bill now sits in the House Gaming Control Committee.
“We thank Rep. Masser, who is a true champion for Pennsylvania taverns, bars, and lounges as well as their patrons,” said Chuck Moran, executive director for the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association.
“We know that the current business model for tavern gaming has not attracted a large number of establishments,” Moran continued. “With adjustments that Rep. Masser’s bill would make, the model becomes more attractive for business owners, which hopefully encourages more taverns to offer these types of games to patrons and thus could increase revenue coming into the state.”
Highlights of the bill as introduced include
- adding “E” licenses to those able to offer tavern games
- defines net revenue
- reduces annual fees
- improves the amount of net revenue a tavern owner may keep
- lowers taxes paid on tavern games
- lowers civil penalties
- adds daily drawing, weekly drawing, and raffle drawing definitions
Tavern owners are encouraged to thank Rep. Masser by sending him a message via his website.