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Businesses that seek tavern gaming licenses urged to attend seminar

By , - Last modified: January 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

A meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17 in Bethlehem for businesses with retail liquor licenses that are interested in learning more about tavern gaming.

The informational seminar is one of several held around the state to educate businesses on tavern gaming since the passage of Act 90 in 2013 that allows most retail liquor licensees to apply for a tavern gaming license. The license grants the authority to offer tavern raffles for a charitable or public purpose, pull-tab games and tavern daily drawings.

The seminar will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Best Western Plus Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center, 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem.

During the informational sessions, the state Department of Revenue will discuss the new tavern tax and its filing and payment obligations related to taverns, as well as the annual reporting requirements of the law.

"Since the tavern gaming license is completely new, the PLCB, in conjunction with the Gaming Control Board, developed a new application and application process based on the statutory requirements detailed in the law," said Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Chairman Joseph E. Brion. "The goal of these sessions is to provide our liquor licensees with important information about the application and what's expected before it becomes available to facilitate a smooth application process."

While the PLCB will process the applications and ultimately approve them, other state agencies will have a role in tavern gaming. For example, the Gaming Control Board will conduct a background check on applicants and provide that information to the PLCB.

Businesses that don't qualify for tavern gaming include those with:

• Eating place retail dispenser licenses.

• Club and catering club licenses.

• Grocery stores.

• Casinos.

• Venues that hold professional sporting events.

The State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will enforce the licensing and gaming requirements of the new law in addition to maintaining its current responsibilities of enforcing the Liquor Code.

For more information and for other seminar times and locations visit www.revenue.state.pa.us/SGOC

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