2009-07-23 / Local & State

Pa. House Panel Passes Video Poker Bill On 2nd Try

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A bill that would legalize and tax video gambling machines in bars to help pay some Pennsylvania college tuition costs has approval from a state House panel.

The state House Gaming Oversight Committee approved the bill Friday, 14-12, a day after it stalled in the committee on a tied vote.

Democratic Rep. Curtis Thomas of Philadelphia changed his stance on the second vote. But he says he is still unhappy the bill does not help "state-related'' schools such as Temple University.

The proposal by Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is designed to generate more than $500 million in grants for tuition costs at one of the 14 state-owned universities or the 14 community colleges.

The bill was opposed by all 11 Republicans on the panel and one Democrat.

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