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House OKs gambling expansion, casino tax bill

House OKs gambling expansion, casino tax bill”

Under it, beer distributors would be allowed to sell suds in any quantities, including individual 32-ounce bottles, four-packs, six-packs and growlers.

It would allow bars to sell alcohol starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays, without a requirement to serve food, and allow sport venues to sell mixed drinks.

If House Bill 1538 becomes law, officials - with the exception of the state attorney general's office and the district attorney's offices - could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor if they share the name of an officer involved in an incident that has resulted in death or "serious bodily injury" when a gag order has been issued.

The state enacted sweeping changes to its liquor laws over the summer, including allowing grocery stores to sell wine.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering whether to overhaul pension benefits for newly hired public school teachers and state government employees, but the changes wouldn't apply to current legislators.

The bill passed the Senate, 44-4, shortly after it passed the House.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives adjourned Thursday after a busy pre-election legislative agenda that included passing a bill that would allow casino-style gambling in Pennsylvania to expand to the internet and reinstate a provision that casinos pay tens of millions of dollars to host communities.

The bill also includes legalizing online activities with fantasy sports and casino gambling.

Under the law, officers would not be identified publicly during an investigation, or at all, if criminal charges were not filed. Neither chamber voted on the final version Wednesday.

Gov. Tom Wolf says he will free the six-pack.

The bills would limit the opioid quantities prescribed to emergency room patients to seven days and limit the opioid quantities prescribed for minors to seven days.

Meanwhile, lawmakers were under the gun to revive a decade-old tax on casinos that distributed $140 million for local government budgets, institutions and projects in Philadelphia and 11 counties.

Lawmakers expected to work late into the night.

Noting that the Senate adjourned its legislative session Wednesday night, Neuman said it would have to come back before November 14 to vote on the measure.

The House has not acted on a Senate bill created to make it easier for gun owners and organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge cities' firearms ordinances in court.



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