2009-10-08 / Local & State

Pa. House To Press Forward On Table Games Bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State House members are scheduled to continue debate on a Democratic bill to legalize and tax table games at Pennsylvania’s slot-machine casinos.

Monday’s debate is intended to sort through the remaining proposed amendments to the bill. A final vote on the bill was not expected before Tuesday.

Legalizing table games is a key element of lawmakers’ efforts to find new tax revenue to offset the state government’s huge, recession driven revenue shortfall.

On Sunday, the chamber debated dozens of amendments over eight hours, as Democrats tried to push the bill past staunch Republican opposition.

Leaders of the Republicancontrolled Senate favor legalizing table games, but they oppose some crucial aspects of the House bill.

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