2009-10-08 / Local & State

Pa. House Takes Up Bill To Legalize Table Games

By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State House of Representatives members are meeting in an unusual Sunday session to debate a bill to legalize and tax table games such as poker and blackjack at Pennsylvania’s slot-machine casinos.

House debate began just before 3 p.m. Sunday and was expected to last for hours to sort through dozens of proposed amendments.

The proposal is a key element of lawmakers’ efforts to find new tax revenue to offset the state government’s massive, recession driven budget shortfall.

The Democratic-penned measure passed the House Gaming Oversight Committee on Friday by a party-line vote of 14 to 11. It also contains provisions to combat corruption and expand miniature “resort’’ casinos.

Leaders of the Republicancontrolled Senate favor legalizing and taxing table games, but they oppose some provisions of the House bill.

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