Table games bill nears debate, vote in Pa. House

AP News
Posted: Dec 07, 2009 6:00 PM

A bill to legalize table games at Pennsylvania's slot-machine casinos is nearing a vote.

House officials say the chamber could give the bill a preliminary vote Tuesday and a final vote as early as Wednesday.

However, the measure still requires Senate approval before it can become law, and a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says there's no handshake deal between the chambers.

In addition to legalizing table games, the bill would double to four the number of licenses for miniature "resort" casinos.

It also would raise the cap on slot machines at resort casinos from 500 to 600.

The bill contains numerous reforms, including the restoration of a ban on political campaign contributions by casino executives and investors.

The state Supreme Court struck down the previous ban.