- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on action in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in what could be the final voting day of the current two-year legislative session (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Legislation heading to the state Senate would allow casino-style gambling in Pennsylvania on the internet and in the state’s six international airports, and reinstate a mandate that casinos pay tens of millions of dollars to host communities.

The House passed the bill, 108-71, before it adjourned until Nov. 14. It also would regulate daily fantasy sports betting. The future of the bill is unclear in the Senate, which is adjourned until Nov. 16.

The provisions to expand casino-style gambling previously passed the House in June, but stalled in the Senate.

Reinstating the requirement for a local share of casino taxes comes a month after it was struck down by the state’s highest court because it treated the state’s 10 largest casinos differently.

The Senate approved a similar provision Wednesday to reinstate the tax. But the House removed a Senate provision for it to expire on May 1, a provision that Senate officials had said would give them time to come up with a permanent solution.


2:40 p.m.

Freshly passed legislation to liberalize laws on the sale of beer in Pennsylvania is on its way to becoming law.

Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement Thursday that he’ll sign the bill. It passed the Senate and House in quick succession barely a day earlier.

Under it, beer distributors would be allowed to sell suds in any quantities, including individual 32-ounce bottles, four-packs, six-packs and growlers.

It also would let bars sell alcohol starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays, without a requirement to serve food, and allow consumers to legally participate in beer-of-the-month clubs that ship beer directly to their homes. Sporting venues also could sell mixed drinks.

The state’s 1,000-plus beer distributors had long sought the changes. It comes as the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board increasingly grants six-pack licenses to convenience stores and after sweeping changes to liquor laws enacted this summer allowed wine sales in grocery stores.


1:30 p.m.

Legislation heading to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk would restrict situations in which police officers are identified while they are being investigated for firing a weapon or using force that results in death or serious injury.

The bill passed the House, 151-32, less than a day after it passed the Senate. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t saying whether he’ll sign it, although it passed both chambers by veto-proof majorities.

Opponents warned that it won’t make communities or police safer, or foster trust between the two. However, proponents say it’ll protect police officers who may be innocent of any wrongdoing.

Police unions are endorsing the bill.

The proposal mandates release of the officer’s name if he or she is charged with a crime.

If an investigation doesn’t produce charges, an officer’s name can be released under court order, with the officer’s consent or if doing so wouldn’t be expected to create a risk of harm to the officer or their family.


11:40 a.m.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is back in session, with bills on police shootings, casino taxes, sanctuary cities and animal abuse on the agenda.

The Thursday session was added a day earlier to wrap up business with what could be the final votes of the current two-year legislative session.

Lawmakers are debating a proposal to prevent immediate disclosure of the names of police officers involved in shootings or use of force where there is a death or serious injury.

The Senate is adjourned until Nov. 16, but it could still consider bills during two days scheduled for next month.


1 a.m.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are in a rush to wrap up dozens of bills as the clock winds down on the current two-year legislative session.

The most closely watched bill, to change public sector pension benefits for newly hired teachers and state workers, failed when Republican leaders could not muster sufficient votes for passage. Neither chamber voted on the final version Wednesday. Leaders say the issue is over until at least next year.

Bills that do not pass this week will die when the legislative session ends Nov. 30, barring an 11th-hour decision by House or Senate leaders to schedule additional voting days. The House plans another voting session Thursday morning.

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