2009-12-17 / Local & State

Pa. House Preps For Another Casino- Expansion Vote

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The state House of Representatives is again getting ready to take up proposals to expand legalized casino gambling in Pennsylvania.

The chamber was scheduled to start debate Monday. Democrats failed to reach a vote last week amid Republican opposition.

Proposals by Democrats would legalize table games at slot-machine casinos and allow two more miniature “resort” casinos.

Legalizing casino table games is a key piece of October’s state budget agreement to raise more tax revenue for the cashstrapped treasury.

Gov. Ed Rendell says he never imagined it would take the Legislature so long to approve a table games bill.

Meanwhile, Democrats are holding up more than $700 million in university subsidies because they say revenue from expanding gambling is necessary to help pay for it.

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