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Pickett to Lead Gaming Oversight Panel in New Session
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) was selected this week to continue her service as chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee for the 2013-14 legislative session, as announced by Speaker-designee of the House Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong).

Pickett began her service as chairman of the committee in May 2012.

“Leading the Gaming Oversight Committee to ensure that our state’s gaming activities are operated with the highest level of integrity is an important role, and I am pleased to be able to continue my work as chairman,” Pickett said. “Gaming is a multi-billion dollar business in Pennsylvania and as this industry grows, it’s important to make sure we have the right checks and balances in place.”

Pickett pointed out that gaming is not only important to the state’s tourism industry, but its proceeds help fund property tax relief, fire and emergency medical service grants, programs for senior citizens and the state’s general fund. She noted that the committee is also charged with making sure that every available dollar from gaming is used for its primary purpose – property tax relief.

“Property taxes are one of the most important issues to Pennsylvanians, and it is important to make sure that slot machine proceeds are benefiting their intended purpose,” she said. “We also need to make sure gaming allocations continue to be beneficial to the people of our state.”

The Gaming Oversight Committee is one of the newer House standing committees, having been created six years ago to oversee the implementation of slot machines and table games in Pennsylvania, as well as the state’s bingo, small games of chance and amusement laws.

In addition to its legislative responsibilities, the committee has oversight of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and aspects that deal with gaming within the Department of Revenue, the Office of Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Representative Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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