The Pennsylvania House of Representatives tinkered with the state's slot-machine law again this week. The result was a mixed bag that eliminated a potential conflict of interest while allowing casinos to ignore some local ordinances.
On the plus side, both the House and Senate have deleted language that would have allowed public officials to own up to 1 percent of a gambling interest.
That 1 percent may not sound like a lot, but these facilities will take in millions in revenue. We'd rather not see elected officials tempted to mix their private interests and the job of serving the public.
On the minus side, both the House and Senate agreed to a provision that would exempt the gambling halls from local ordinances that ban indoor smoking.