he Senate added sweeping language to bring casino-style gambling and the Pennsylvania Lottery to online players to a bill authorizing tablet gaming at eight airports, including Arnold Palmer Regional Airport near Latrobe and Pittsburgh International Airport.
The Senate's proposal could generate between $109 million and $146 million in the next fiscal year
As lawmakers grapple with at least a half-billion-dollar shortfall this year and at least a $2 billion deficit next year.
The Senate could hold a final vote on the bill as early as Wednesday and send it to the House.
“This reflects what we felt, that we had the votes to pass and move on to the House for further discussions,” said Jennifer Kocher, spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre.
Kim Ward, a member of the Senate gaming committe, said the House likely will change the bill and return it to the Senate.
“We hopefully can bring this to a conclusion,” she said. “It's frustrating.”