State Senate approves some gaming in bars

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 24, 2013 5:24 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A bill that won the approval of Pennsylvania state senators to allow thousands of bars to profit from gambling contests called small games of chance fell off the fast track in the House.


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A spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett warned Wednesday that the Republican wants to ensure the considerable tax proceeds benefit programs for the elderly.

The warning came just hours after the Senate passed the bill, 39-11. House Republicans also put off a planned vote Wednesday after Democrats objected to it.

It would represent Pennsylvania's largest expansion of gambling since 2010, when table games were legalized in slot-machine casinos.

Under the bill, thousands of bars could seek licenses to hold pull-tabs contests, daily drawings and raffles. Individual prize limits would be $2,000 for a single game and $35,000 over seven days.

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