Pittsburgh Casino Details Still Secret - Friday 10th of February 2006

PENNSYLVANIA – As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Bruce Barron is president of No Dice, a local group opposed to gambling. Public hearings are scheduled to let people comment on the slots proposals, but Barron says, 'It is very hard to really express an opinion of something that is not revealed to you.'

"…In Pittsburgh, however, the slots application process is still shrouded in secrecy. The applicants have talked about their proposals, but the state and city refuse to make the details public.

"Now the state Gaming Control Board has scheduled a series of public hearings for the spring, asking people to comment on proposals they haven't been able to see.

"…Control board members have not said whether they will release detailed information before the March 6 registration deadline or even before the hearings begin April 5 in Gettysburg.

"…The secrecy about gambling proposals gets even more complex at the local level.

"…Not even members of the Pittsburgh Gaming Task Force have seen the local impact studies or details about the casino applications, said Ron Porter, co-chair. The group has relied on news reports and public information…"

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