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House approves more changes to slots law

Publication Date: 10/18/2006
  • Author:Martha Raffaele, AP
  • Publication:Philadelphia Inquirer

The state House of Representatives approved its own broad changes to Pennsylvania's two-year-old slot-machine gambling law last night, legislation that would exempt halls from local smoking ban regulations and zoning rules in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The House version - sent to the Senate on a 161-30 vote - preserves some provisions supported by the Senate, which unanimously passed its version Sept. 27. But it also proposes some changes that Senate aides said they did not immediately know whether the Senate would agree to.

Both chambers agreed on a provision that would exempt gambling halls from local ordinances banning indoor smoking and another that would delete language allowing public officials to directly own up to 1 percent of a gambling interest.