2014-02-27 / Front Page

Pa. Sees Trickle Of Small Games License Applicants

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State lawmakers are hearing that Pennsylvania’s new law that lets bars run small games of chance is getting a trickle of license applicants, not the deluge policymakers had planned for.

Pennlive.com reported Wednesday that only six applicants have come forward, and two of those applications aren’t complete.

Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal assumes the state will collect more than $100 million from the games next year. The games include pull tabs and 50-50 raffles.

At a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting, Chairman Jake Corman of Centre County said Liquor and Gaming control board officials need to review the situation. Corman says the Legislature can change the law, but if there aren’t applicants the years spent working on the topic will have been useless.

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