A bill that could allow several thousand bars in Pennsylvania to profit from gambling contests called small games of chance won approval from the state Senate Wednesday but fell off the fast track amid last-minute objections from Gov. Tom Corbett and House Democrats.
Its passage would represent the state's largest expansion of legal gambling in nearly four years.
The bill passed the Senate 39-11 without debate and senators had initially expected a speedy vote in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a signature by Corbett. But that changed several hours after the Senate vote.
House Democrats worried about objections by VFW post operators and other fraternal organizations to the added competition for the gambling dollars. Democrats also were suspicious about the bill's speedy track after being negotiated among Republicans behind closed doors, a spokesman said.
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