PGCB and Foxwoods respond to open records request

The PBCG and Foxwoods have filed responses to the open records request by attorneys for two advocacy groups that are seeking documents Foxwoods Casino filed with the state.

Paul Boni, who represents Casino-Free Philadelphia, and Adam Cutler, who represents the Chinatown Preservation Alliance for the Public Interest Law Center, had earlier this year filed public records requests with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, asking for a report that Foxwoods was required to file with the PGCB’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement in October, as a condition of the two-year license extension the Gaming Control Board granted the casino in August.

Casino officials were told to describe their efforts to develop a Columbus Boulevard facility with at least 1,500 slot machines and detail their efforts and progress toward financing that casino. They also had to submit a list of all outstanding licenses, certifications and permits that they need from federal, state, county, local and other agencies, and provide a progress report on the status of each of them.

The PGCB denied the records request, saying that the information was part of an on-going, non-criminal investigation, and therefore not public information. So Boni and Cutler appealed to the Office of Open Records.

The Office of Open Records is expected to make a decision mid-month. Both the petitioners and the PGCB have the right to appeal that decision to Commonwealth Court.

Posted by Kellie Patrick Gates. Contact her at

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