Here are the Pennsylvania towns saying no to mini-casinos – Allentown Morning Call

Seven municipalities, including one in Bucks County, have decided they don’t want to host mini-casinos.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has received resolutions to opt out of the mini-casino business from Heath Township in Jefferson County, Limestone Township in Lycoming County, Lower Makefield Township in Bucks County, Strasburg and West Earl townships in Lancaster County, Washington Township in Lycoming County and Westfield Township in Tioga County.

Monday was the first day the gaming board published the names of municipalities that have voted to opt out of mini-casinos. The list will be updated. Municipalities have until Dec. 31 to opt out.

The mini-casinos are part of a gambling expansion law signed by Gov. Tom Wolf Oct. 30.

The law allows for up to 10 satellite casinos across the state and sets up restrictions on where they can locate. The mini-casinos would have between 300 and 750 slot machines and up to 40 table games.

A competitive bidding process is to start next month. The state’s existing casinos will get the first chance at operating mini-casinos.

The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has not indicated whether it will seek a license for a mini-casino.

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