Bills to expand gambling in Pa. to internet, bars & airports fail

Written by The Associated Press | May 25, 2016 3:11 AM

FILE - In this May 24, 2012 file photo, patrons play the slot machines at Harrah's Casino in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Harrisburg) -- A proposal to expand casino-style gambling to airports, bars, off-track betting parlors and casino-run websites is stalling in the state House.

 Lawmakers soundly defeated two separate proposals, as they look to resolve a yawning state government budget deficit without raising taxes.

The bills would have devoted slightly more than $300 million to public school employee pension obligations, although there's no guarantee that its provisions would actually deliver that amount of money.

Both would have made Pennsylvania the fourth state to allow online casino-style gambling, while allowing the state's licensed casinos to station slot machines at six international airports and off-track betting parlors.

One of the measures would have allowed video gambling at bars, taverns and truck stops.

The proposal's prospects in the Senate are cloudy.

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