Kauffman Opposes Table Games Bill
12/15/2009
Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin/Cumberland) today voted against Senate Bill 711, legislation allowing table games in Pennsylvania’s 14 licensed slots casinos.

Kauffman said the bill, which passed the House earlier tonight, is flawed and may have substantial negative short-term and long-term impacts on the Commonwealth.

“This proposal has some serious flaws and may result in lawsuits against the Commonwealth,” said Kauffman. “In the long term, this legislation fails to address serious problems within Pennsylvania’s gaming industry including the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s failure to meet the responsibilities it has already been given.”

Kauffman also expressed disappointment in the tactics employed by Democrat leaders in their effort to get the bill through the House.

“Democrat leaders decided they were going to force this bill through the House with as little input from rank-and-file members as possible,” Kauffman noted. “The Democrats’ attempt to force it through the House smacks of the kind of backroom maneuvering so many of us have been fighting to end.

“At the beginning of the legislative session, Democrat leaders did a lot of talking about the need for reform and transparency in state government,” he continued. “Their handling of the table games legislation is proof that their calls for reform were nothing more than rhetoric.”

Senate Bill 711 returns to the Senate for consideration where it is expected to be further amended.

Rep. Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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