VGT Question Hangs Over Pennsylvania Expansion Bid

A Pennsylvania gaming bill may be amended this week with provisions to authorize video gaming terminals (VGTs), a move industry sources said could narrow the measure’s chances of final passage.

House Bill 1925, which began life as a gambling tax measure, is in the process of being overhauled on the House floor.

Pennsylvania lawmakers met Tuesday to discuss possible amendments to the bill that would permit casino-run Internet gambling, casino-owned slot machines at off-track betting parlors and VGTs at bars and taverns.

The ambitious amendment package is intended to raise more than $300m in revenue for Pennsylvania, according to Republican Representative John Payne, who proposed multiple amendments Tuesday.

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