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PA Gaming Control Board to hold hearing for license renewal

27 July 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that a hearing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 to gather evidence, including public comment, on the renewal of the operator's license for Woodlands Fayette, LLC, operator of the Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Fayette County.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. at the Wharton Township Municipal Building, 114 Elliottsville Road, Farmington PA 15437.

Complete information on the hearing, including links to sign up to present oral or written comment, is on the Board's web site under its Quick Links section of the home page. The deadline for registration to speak at this hearing is noon on Monday, Sept. 12.

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 Sept. 14 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 Woodlands Fayette, LLC 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.

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