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PA House Vote On Tavern Games Expected

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The state House is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that would allow small games of chance in Pennsylvania bars and taverns.

Tuesday morning, veterans groups rallied in the capitol rotunda to oppose the legislation, saying it’s a threat to viability of their clubs. John Getz represents the Veterans of Foreign Wars…

“If we allow this,” says John Getz, who represents the Veterans of Foreign Wars, “the VFW down the streets are going to fold.”

But the bill was amended later in the day, and Republican leaders said the VFW and another veterans group had backed off their opposition. And Amy Christie of a trade group representing taverns said the vets fears are unfounded.

“Every other state that has small games in private clubs will also have some things going on in taverns and they don’t intermix and they don’t hurt each other.”

Christie also says the taverns will be limited in the games they can offer. The leader of House majority Republicans said Senate majority leaders are on board with the amended bill he expects will pass the House.

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