Pa. eyes bill on tuition aid, video poker

April 23, 2009 8:07:43 AM PDT
A bill to legalize video poker and use the proceeds to defray college tuition in Pennsylvania is getting its first public airing before a legislative panel. The first of four hearings on the proposal planned by House Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman Dante Santoni is being held Thursday in Harrisburg.

Santoni introduced the legislation earlier this week.

It calls for as many as five video machines to be installed in up to 14,000 restaurants, bars and clubs that have liquor licenses.

Rendell wants to tap at least half of the more than $1 billion a year in expected revenue to help as many as 170,000 students attend any of the 14 state-owned universities or 14 community colleges beginning this fall.

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