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Pennsylvania Retail Casinos Are Removing Slot Machines, Blaming Unregulated Skill Games

April 26, 2024 | By: Chav Vasilev

Pennsylvania casinos are cutting slot inventory over poor performance, with one placing blame on the unregulated skill game machines found in convenience stores and gas stations. Rivers Pittsburg received permission from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to remove 302 slots from its casino floor. While it acknowledged the need for newer machines, the casino […]

Fate of Virginia Skill Games to Depend on Budget Negotiations as Senate, Governor at an Impasse

April 22, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

Virginia senators rejected the amendments Gov. Glenn Youngkin proposed to their bill to regulate skill games, sending it back to him unchanged. That makes an outright veto likely, though there remains an opportunity to compromise and write partial amendments into the state’s budget in order to avoid that fate. Democrat lawmakers have clashed with Gov. Youngkin over […]

Gov. Youngkin Amends Virginia Skill Game Bill, Angers Lawmakers and Small Business

April 11, 2024 | By: Chav Vasilev

After a last-minute veto, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin proposed significant changes to skill games legislation, angering the machines’ proponents. The changes would categorize skill game machines closer to casino-style games, impose restrictions on their numbers and locations, and call for a higher tax rate. While many expected Youngkin’s veto, few anticipated a 75-page bill. While opponents […]

Pennsylvania Gambling Industry Under Threat by Unregulated Skill Games & Declining Population

The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy (AIPP) is sounding the alarm that the proliferation of unregulated skill games may threaten Pennsylvania’s lucrative gambling industry and a declining population will impede growth. Although its policy brief says the industry is currently “coming up aces,” these two trends, in combination, paint a more worrisome picture for the […]

Virginia Gov. Youngkin Blocks Skill Games Bill at Last Moment, Returns to Legislature With Amendments

April 9, 2024 | By: Alex Weldon

The fate of skill games in Virginia remains undecided, as Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoed the bill at the last possible moment, returning it to the legislature with recommendations for amendment late last night. The nature of the amendments isn’t yet known, though they will be published on the legislature’s website shortly. One possibility is that Gov. Youngkin may […]

Gov. Youngkin’s Inaction Leaves Virginia Skill Games Bill in Limbo as Veto Deadline Looms

April 3, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

A bill that would legalize slots-like skill games across Virginia remains in limbo, awaiting action by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin after earning bipartisan support from the state’s General Assembly. The governor has until Monday, April 8, to take action on any remaining legislation passed during the recent legislative session—including the state budget. If Gov. Youngkin […]

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