Senate Bill 1221

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Off the Floor
Senate Rules Room (Main Capitol)

Senate Bill 1221, Printer’s No. 1748 (Costa & Fontana) Bill Summary, amends the act of February 12, 2004 (P.L.73, No. 11), known as the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) Act for Cites of the Second Class (Pittsburgh) in general provisions, further providing for definitions; in ICA for cites of the second class, further providing for governing board, for powers and duties, for term and existence, for annual report to be filed and annual audits and providing for distribution of gaming revenue.

More specifically this legislation represents reforms to the Pittsburgh ICA Act that involves both technical and substantive modifications (e.g., definition of “gaming revenue”; clarifies when actions may be taken by the board; clarifies and adds statutes applicable to board and executive director; and requires various things in relation to specific duties, term of existence and distribution of gaming revenue). 

  • [A07252] (Fontana) Amendment Summary – This amendment consists of various editorial, technical and substantive modifications that includes the follow (among other things):
    • Specifies only certain statutes apply to the executive director vs. the board (g., State Adverse Interest Act, Ethics Standards).
    • Requires a detailed accounting of gaming revenue whether distributed under 4 Pa.C.S. § 1403(c)(3)(xv) (relating to the establishment of the State Gaming Fund and net slot machine revenue distribution) or the {new} provisions of section 210.1 (relating to the distribution of gaming revenue) including the state of all gaming revenue not yet distributed.
    • Further specifies in the instance where the [Pittsburgh ICA] authority is terminated and the gaming revenue goes to increase the pension funding for the assisted city [Pittsburgh] that such revenues shall be in addition to and shall not replace the minimum obligation that the assisted city is require to contribute to its pension fund under the Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard and Recovery Act (Act 205 of 1984).
    • Provides gaming revenues are merely withheld versus being held in escrow as the latter is not applicable in this situation given the gaming revenues are already held by the Commonwealth.
    • Adds language describing when the Secretary of the Budget may not distribute gaming revenue (since adding language that describes when the Secretary of the Budget shall distribute gaming revenue).