Pause Urged for Pennsylvania Slot Legislation - Wednesday 9th of August 2006

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin, is urging the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board not to approve any more slot machine-related licenses before Oct. 31, so the Legislature will have time to make necessary reforms in the 2-year-old slots law.

"Mr. Piccola's call for the delay, made yesterday, conflicts with the board's current plans to issue slots licenses for up to six racetrack/casinos at its meeting Sept. 27.

"The board already has issued licenses for several slot machine manufacturers and suppliers/distributors and may issue more.

"Five GOP senators, including Mr. Piccola, outlined a list of 21 changes they want to make in Act 71 of 2004, the slots law, before any casino licenses are awarded.

"…Legislators aren't the only Republicans who want changes in the slots law. Today in Pittsburgh, Lynn Swann, the party's candidate for governor, is expected to urge 'a top to bottom overhaul of the gambling law.'…"

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