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Pa.. Senate expected to vote tonight on table games

December 16, 2009

HARRISBURG (AP) -- The state Senate is preparing to debate a bill to expand legalized casino gambling in Pennsylvania.

The Senate was expected to vote on the bill Wednesday night after making changes to the measure that passed the House less than 24 hours earlier.

The bill would legalize table games at Pennsylvania's slot-machine casinos, but the changes mean that the House must approve it again before it can become law.

The Senate Rules Committee removed a House provision that would increase the number of casino licenses from 14 to 15.

The committee also added a provision that would pave the way for new competitors to seek Pennsylvania's last remaining available casino license.

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Lawmakers are trying to finish the last elements of the state budget nearly halfway into the fiscal year.

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