By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The Pennsylvania house has passed and sent to the senate a bill that would create statewide competition for the former Foxwoods casino license in Philadelphia.

Current state gaming law stipulates that Philadelphia is to have two casinos. But the bill passed by the House would eliminate that requirement and would open up the now-revoked Foxwoods license to statewide competition, although Philadelphia proposals could still be considered.

The measure now goes to the Senate, where there is some sentiment to just eliminate the license due to market saturation. Governor Corbett, however, indicates that he’s inclined to keep that license on the books.

“I look at it this way: there has always been an anticipation for that license, and that license, if granted, I would hope would continue to deal with providing money for property tax relief. And I always think that we need to look at property tax relief.”

The senate is expected to consider the issue before summer recess.


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