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PENNSYLVANIA SENATE PASSES BILL TO BAN SALE OF OUT-OF-STATE LOTTERY TICKETS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- State Rep. Leo Trich (D-Washington) today announced the Senate overwhelmingly passed his legislation to ban the sale of out-of-state lottery tickets in Pennsylvania.
 The measure (H.B. 559) was passed 47-2. The bill now goes back to the House, where it passed 180-19 on March 30, for concurrence.
 "I am pleased this bill was passed as it was amended in a Senate committee," Trich said. "While I was always confident House Bill 559 was properly drafted, I was initially concerned it would be held hostage by partisan politics in the Senate last week.
 "However, I'm glad to see the Senate Republicans have joined their Democratic colleagues to support the merits of the bill and put partisan politics aside. In particular, I want to thank Sen. Barry Stout (D-Washington) for his tireless efforts to pursue passage of this bill."
 The measure would bring the commonwealth into nationwide compliance by closing a loophole in Pennsylvania law to prohibit the sale of out- of-state tickets that are purchased by an electronic receipt or a promise to pay.
 Currently, Pennsylvania is the only state that allows the sale of other states' lottery tickets.
 "This legislation puts Pennsylvania in conformity with every other state in the nation and protects the programs that benefit more than 400,000 of our senior citizens," Trich added. "Were out-of-state ticket sales allowed to continue, the existence of some of these programs may have been placed in jeopardy."
 As amended in the House, the bill would permit any other state that allows the sale of Pennsylvania Lottery tickets to sell their tickets in the commonwealth. Another amendment requires the Department of Revenue to survey each establishment that currently sells out-of-state tickets to determine if they meet the criteria to sell Pennsylvania Lottery tickets.
 Trich is hopeful H.B. 559 will come before the House for concurrence next week. The bill has the support of the administration and the Pennsylvania Lottery.
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 /CONTACT: Karen M. Visintainer of the House Office of Democratic Legislative Information, 717-787-7895/


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