Gaming Control Board to question casinos on progress

    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will be seeking information this week from Philadelphia’s two casino licensees on the status of their projects. A public meeting in Harrisburg is scheduled for Wednesday, and casino opponents are planning to attend.

    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will be seeking information this week from Philadelphia’s two casino licensees on the status of their projects. A public meeting in Harrisburg is scheduled for Wednesday, and casino opponents are planning to attend.

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    Neither Foxwoods, nor Sugarhouse casino will comment on the status of their projects. But they will have to answer to Gaming Commissioners in Harrisburg.  Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach says the two licensees have a deadline to meet.

    Harbach: “I think the board will have an opportunity to ask a wide ranging source of questions on where the projects are and the status of finances and also what’s the time table?.”

    Casino opponents are planning to send a busload of residents to the Harrisburg meeting. Helen Gym is with Asian Americans United.

    Gym: “I think its very important to let both the casino operators know and the PGCB know that even with the tanking financial industry, even with the misery that many gambling industries are suffering across the country, the biggest barrier to casinos in Philadelphia are going to be the residents.”

    Gym says the Gaming Board is trying to thwart public participation by not allowing public comment at the meeting. The Gaming Board’s Harbach says public comment at meetings happens on a quarterly basis.

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