The Pennsylvania Senate is preparing legislation to temporarily reinstate a mandate that casinos pay millions of dollars to host communities, after it was struck down by the state's highest court.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved the provision in a preliminary vote Tuesday night, 47-1.
The bill would mandate a different formula to create the same structure that yielded some $140 million in the last fiscal year, but only until May 1.
Senate officials say the next seven months will give lawmakers time to work on a permanent solution. The money has gone to local government budgets, institutions and projects in Philadelphia and 11 counties.
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The court ruled last month that the previous local assessment was unconstitutional because it treated the state's casinos unequally, and imposed a heavier burden on lower-performing casinos.