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Pennsylvania House panel approves table games

5 October 2009

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "A House committee today approved a bill to let slots casinos add table games, despite complaints from Republicans that legislators are rushing too fast on the issue and complaints from casinos that the proposed tax rate on table game revenue is too high.

"The House Gaming Oversight Committee, with 14 Democrats voting yes and 11 Republicans voting no, approved a major amendment to Senate Bill 711, which passed the Senate three months ago.

"The amendment would allow racetrack casinos and stand-alone casinos in Pennsylvania to add up to 200 table games, such as blackjack, roulette and poker. It would also allow the two authorized resort hotel casinos to have up to 75 table games, when previously they were allowed only to have slot machines. The addition of table games has renewed the interest of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County to compete for a resort casino license.

"GOP Reps. Curt Schroder of Chester, Mike Vereb of Montgomery and Paul Clymer of Bucks vociferously complained that the Democrat-run House panel was combining two issues that shouldn't be combined -- mixing legalization of table games with the issue of 'reforming' Act 71 of 2004, which legalized slots..."

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