Toepel Receives Bipartisan Support at Hearing on Her Montgomery County Casino Legislation
9/28/2012

Rep. Marcy Toepel was joined by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman a public hearing regarding the distribution of county casino money.

WEST NORRITON – Advocating on behalf of her legislation to keep Montgomery County casino money within the county, Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) on Thursday was joined by a group of bipartisan local and state lawmakers and officials of local nonprofit organizations at a public hearing held by the House Gaming Oversight Committee in West Norriton Township.

“Montgomery County has the potential to harvest the revenue generated through the slots and table games at Valley Forge Resort and Casino,” said Toepel. “My legislation would ease the burden of county budget cuts to our local parks and organizations because it keeps local money here within our county’s communities.”

This legislation would change the state Gaming Act to ensure that the Montgomery County’s local share assessment for slots and table games would be specifically deposited into dedicated accounts for the purpose of supporting the maintenance and refurbishment of the county’s seven parks, five heritage sites and 60 miles of hiking trails, as well as Mission Kids and Laurel House. Mission Kids and Laurel House are both county-funded services that assist local families in need.

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro testified Thursday and said that the county, like other counties across the state and nation, has faced budget cuts at all levels.

“The casino money would greatly help fund the county’s parks and nonprofit organizations without raising taxes for local residents of the county,” said Shapiro. “Having these funds would make a significant difference for more than one million people who each year come to the county’s park and historic sites or use our trails.”

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman testified on behalf of Mission Kids and Laurel House.

“I believe our government has a responsibility to protect and support victims of abuse, but there are often insufficient funds to accomplish this need,” Ferman said at the hearing. “This legislation would greatly help us continue to protect and support our local child abuse victims and domestic violence victims.”

In addition to Shapiro and Ferman, those offering testimony were: Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor; Abby Newman, executive director of Mission Kids and Beth Sturman, executive director of Laurel House.

In addition to committee chairman Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Toepel, these lawmakers also took part in the hearing: Reps. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), Warren Kampf (R-Chester/Montgomery), Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery), Rosita C.Youngblood (D-Philadelphia), Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery), Michael O’Brien (D-Philadelphia) and Kevin Murphy (D-Lackawanna).

For more information regarding House Bill 2594, including video comments and photos from this hearing, visit Toepel’s website at www.RepToepel.com.

State Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
717.260.6451
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