Pennsylvania Regulators Calls for Slot Law Changes
As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "State gambling regulators have joined the chorus of critics calling for changes to Pennsylvania's slot machine law, saying they will take matters into their own hands to the degree possible if amendments are not made. "In a letter dated Wednesday to a dozen state lawmakers, Thomas Decker, chairman of the state Gaming Control Board, said the board wants 'critical' amendments to the law that would include: "- Prohibiting public officials from holding up to a 1 percent interest in gambling companies. "-Banning political contributions from slots license holders and their immediate relatives. "- Eliminating blind trusts that the board says are designed to 'circumvent' the ban on political contributions and other disclosure requirements.
"- Giving the state broader powers to regulate and control gambling operations.
".The proposals generally echoed changes that Gov. Ed Rendell, one of the key gambling proponents, recently suggested in his own letter to lawmakers."
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