Casino Free PA

A Statewide Coalition Opposing Gambling in Pennsylvania

Good Quotes

“We believe the proper role of government is to maintain order, to preserve justice and to promote the common good. Relying on a source of revenue which degrades our state in so many ways and exploits the most vulnerable members of our society is contrary to this principle.” ___  Rev. Linda Lea Snyder’s bell-clear, high-ground testimony opposing casinos on behalf of the New Hampshire Council of Churches at March 2013 budget hearing

 

“We were able to put a man on the moon, but we can’t figure out how to take care of our kids, our poor, our elderly without encouraging more gambling, more drinking. Only in America!” ___ Gambling with society’s well-being  by Stan Hochman,03/03/2013:  Read Original Article…

 

“This taxation by exploitation is an especially insidious way to raise revenue.” ___ Casino gambling: A loser for New York, by Mike Long, February 28, 2013, Read Original Article…

How HB 2330 became Act 71 of 2004

HISTORY of Act 71, PA’s slots law (Thanks to Tim Potts for this) Each bill is to be read three times in each chamber before a vote.

HOUSE:

  • HB 2330 (2 page 33 line bill) Requiring State Police background checks for racetrack employees. Introduced February 3, 2004
  • Passed with no amendments March 22, 2004 with 138-56 vote

47 DAYS IN HOUSE with NO AMENDMENTS

SENATE:

  • Referred to Law & Justice, March 22, 2004
  • Reported as committed, March 23, 2004
  • Re-referred to Law & Justice, May 10, 2004
  • Re-reported as committed, May 18, 2004
  • Re-referred to law & Justice, June 28, 28, 2004
  • Re-reported as committed, June 29, 2004

100 DAYS IN SENATE WITHOUT CASINO/ SLOTS AMENDMENT

  • Amended on the floor to allow 61,000 slot machines at 14 casinos on July 1, 2004. This bill now had all the original language removed and is now 146 pages
  • Passed the Senate on July 1, 2004 with 30-20 vote

HOUSE

  • referred to Rules on July 2, 2004
  • Reported as committed on July 3, 2004
  • House concurrence on July 3, 2004 with 113-88 vote

LAPSED TIME WITH CASINO/ SLOTS AMENDMENT … TWO DAYS!!!!