Pa. House struggles to get votes for gambling bill

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Posted: Dec 08, 2009 6:09 PM

A scheduled vote on a bill to legalize table games and authorize two more casinos in Pennsylvania is being delayed as House Democratic leaders try to piece together support.

A preliminary vote that was scheduled Tuesday in the House did not happen. The expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania is a key piece of the state budget to raise more tax revenue for the five-month-old fiscal year.

A top aide to House Speaker Keith McCall said Democratic leaders are trying to round up enough votes for the bill to pass. House Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman Dante Santoni said parts of the measure are being rewritten, and a provision allowing two more casinos is being removed.

The measure was unveiled Monday and still requires Senate approval before it can become law.