HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — State lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday to discuss changing the status of a Pennsylvania racino license that has been in limbo for years.
A racetrack project in Lawrence County has been stalled for 15 years, and it’s been ten years since the site has been eligible for a casino license. The House Gaming Oversight Committee met Wednesday to explore changing the status of the license to that of a standalone casino, which could increase the chance of getting that license operational somewhere in the state.
“At some point, stick a fork in it, it’s dead there at that location,” said Republican John Payne, chairman of the committee. “Let’s make it available and try again. Or we’ll listen to the casino owners that want to – there’s a few – that want to say ‘we don’t want any more licenses.’”
Meanwhile, a representative of the horse breeding industry urged lawmakers to keep the racetrack requirement for the license, noting that helping that industry was the original intent of the casino legislation.