Operators In Pennsylvania Advocate For Vendor-Based Video Gaming Legislation

Posted On: 1/24/2017

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HARRISBURG, PA -- Amusement and vending operators in Pennsylvania have formed a video gaming association to mobilize support for gaming legislation that they believe will yield substantial revenue to the Commonwealth and local jurisdictions, while fostering valuable economic expansion.

Most members of the new Pennsylvania Video Gaming Association are small family-owned businesses, many of them multigenerational. They contend that the measure they propose represents a practical revenue opportunity to aid Pennsylvania in balancing its budget while assisting struggling bars, VFWs and American Legions among other veteran's organizations, and the amusement trade. The group projects that, once legalization is fully implemented, revenues to the state will amount to hundreds of millions of dollars.

At the local level, PAVGA explained, legalizing vendor-based video gaming will result in increased investment and hiring by vendors and their suppliers, as well as bars, restaurants and similar venues. It will also generate increased municipal tax revenue.

PAVGA has elected Richard Teitelbaum, Lendell Vending (Garnett Valley, PA), as president. "Our mission is simple: pass operator-based video gaming legislation to support small business, the local economy and provide meaningful revenue to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," he said. "Gaming legislation has been successfully passed in other states, like Illinois, resulting in success for those states' businesses and budgets."

The association has retained Milliron & Goodman Government Relations LLC (Harrisburg, PA), under the leadership of Andy Goodman, to serve as its legislative consultant. It reports that it is putting the finishing touches on the PAVGA website, which is expected to go live in the very near future.

PAVGA encourages any individual, business, organization or municipality that supports vendor-based video gaming to back the initiative. Membership applications may be requested from PAVGA at info@pavga.org.


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