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Corbett Opens Door To Small Games Of Chance In Bars

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  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Governor Corbett has signed into law legislation that will expand gambling in Pennsylvania by allowing small games of chance in bars and taverns.

Corbett has actually signed two bills into law related to small games of chance. One allows for three games – pull tabs, raffles and daily drawings – in taverns.

Erik Arneson, spokesman for the Senate majority leader, says the other bill signed by the governor updates an earlier law dealing with small games in private clubs:

“Which increased reporting requirements [and] re-established a lot of things that were in the law but were not necessarily being followed everywhere. And some of those were seen by the organizations to be overly burdensome.”

Arneson says the bill signed into law makes adjustments to those requirements and also expands the roster of small games of chance that can be offered in private clubs such as American Legions and VFWs.

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