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Lawmakers in the state of Pennsylvania have been tangling with the table game expansion issue for months, and Governor Ed Rendell set a January deadline to get the legislation done. On Monday, Rendell outlined his plan for job cuts should the deadline not be met.
Among the state jobs that would lose the most workers, Public Welfare and Corrections is where the most casualties would be. Lawmakers, however, believe that new legislation will be in place before the deadline.
There were several legislators on Monday that claimed that a deal was reached on a new table game law. The next step is going to be for both the House and the Senate to approve the new law, and hopefully there will be no hangups.
The biggest issue as of the holidays was the issue of expanded casino licenses. Many lawmakers wanted an additional license to be issued in Pennsylvania, while other held their ground on the idea that there had already been enough expansion in the state.
Pennsylvania has been one of the states that has gone full throttle towards making an impact in the casino industry in the Northeast. New casinos have opened in Pittsburgh, and there is a casino that is in the works in Philadelphia.
Already, lawmakers have written revenue from table game gambling into the new state budget. The governor has signed the budget, and has been pressuring the lawmakers to work out the details of the new laws.