Senate passes table games; sends bill back to House


First Posted: 12/16/2009

Poker, black jack, roulette and other table games are one step closer to coming to casinos throughout the state next year, including the two in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The state Senate voted 27-22 Wednesday night to approve an amended bill that authorizes table games but strikes some of the language that was included in the bill that the House approved 103-92 Tuesday night. The removal of that language is being reviewed by House members who are expected to reconvene today to vote on possible concurrence with the Senate version of the bill. The decision by the senate to roll the dice by changing the House-approved version opens the door that the bill may not be approved.
 
There is no guarantee that the House will vote to concur, said Brett Marcy, spokesman for House Majority Leader , D-Butler Township. Even if the House does vote to concur, Gov. Ed Rendell will still have to sign the bill into law, though that’s something he’s indicated he would do.
 
To read the complete story, see Thursday’s edition of The Times Leader and www.timesleader.com

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