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House Gaming Oversight Committee to hold hearing on problem gambling issues, proposed legislation

The House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold a 10 am Thursday hearing on problem gambling issues and consider three bills that would require casinos to send anyone with a loyalty card a monthly statement showing how much they have won and lost; limit the use of credit cards at casinos, and set fines for liquor license violations at casinos.

The committee will also discuss and hear testimony on other issues that may be the topic of future legislation, including: Setting stricter fines for underage gambling; prohibiting licensees from being open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; requiring signs to be displayed in multiple languages, establishing a smoking ban and setting penalties for leaving children unattended in vehicles or parking lots

The hearing will take place in Room G-50 of the Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. Testimony is by invitation only. The list of expected speakers, which can be seen in its entirety on the agenda, includes the president of Sands Casino in Bethleham, Pennsylvania State Gaming Control Board officials, a representative from a gambling treatment and education center, representatives from several county drug and alcohol agencies, and a representative from Stop Predatory Gambling.

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