FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 15th, 2017

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

PA Gaming Control Board To Hold Public Hearing On March 29th For Mohegan Sun Pocono License Renewal

Public is welcome and invited to participate

HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that a hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to gather evidence, including public comment, on the renewal of the operator’s license for Downs Racing, LP, operator of Mohegan Sun Pocono casino in Luzerne County.

The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Plains Township Fox Hill Firehouse No. 2, 50 Second Street, Plains, PA  18702.

Complete information on the hearing, including links to sign up to present oral or written comment, is on the Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, under its Quick Links section of the home page. The deadline for registration to speak at this hearing is noon on Monday, March 27th.

Written comments can be mailed, with a postmark no later than Monday, March 27th to:

PA Gaming Control Board

P.O. Box 69060

Harrisburg, PA 17106

Attention: Board Clerk

Comments can also be faxed prior to that deadline to 717-265-7416 or e-mailed to boardclerk@pa.gov.

Pursuant to section 1326 of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, all licenses shall be subject to renewal every three years.  The renewal application must include an update of the information since its last renewal. 

To implement the renewal requirement, the Board utilizes a two-step process: 

 

• First, the March 29th public hearing will be held before the Director of the Office of Hearings and Appeals for the purpose of receiving documentary evidence, hearing testimony and building a record upon which the Board will base its licensing decision.  The hearing record, along with a report from the Director of Hearings and Appeals, will be transmitted to the Board.

 

• The second step is to hold a separate public hearing in Harrisburg at a later date where Downs Racing, LP representatives will offer oral arguments and Board members can ask additional questions.

At the renewal hearing, the burden is on the renewal applicant to establish and demonstrate, by clear and convincing evidence, its eligibility and suitability for renewal of the gaming license.  During the hearings, the renewal applicant will be given the opportunity to demonstrate, among other things, its good character, honesty and integrity; compliance with its statement of conditions; tax revenue generated; jobs created; amenities added since the last renewal; success in implementing its diversity plan; and involvement in the surrounding communities. 

Following these proceedings, the Board will then be able to determine whether or not the licensee remains eligible and suitable consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth, and are otherwise qualified to have the license renewed for a three-year period.

All questions that are not press-related should be referred to the PGCB’s Office of Hearings and Appeals at (717) 265-7451.

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 18,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners.


Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s casino gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.