Senate Mulls Bills To Keep Kids Off Casino Property

HARRISBURG (KDKA/AP) — In October, a security guard found an 8-year-old wandering around outside the Rivers Casino while officials say her mother was inside playing blackjack. Officials charged the mother with child endangerment.

Last year, a couple was charged with leaving three young children in a van while they gambled at the same Pittsburgh casino; and a Philadelphia area casino added surveillance cameras and stepped up patrols after 9 reports of children left alone on the property.

Now, however, the Pennsylvania Senate is considering bills aimed at preventing similar cases from happening.

After getting overwhelming support in the House yesterday, two bills aimed at keeping unattended children out of casino parking lots are on their way to the state Senate.

One bill would make it a misdemeanor to leave children under the age of 14 in cars parked on casino property and double the fines for casinos who don’t report such incidents.

Under the other bill, casinos would be required to post signs warning people not to leave their kids unattended.

While the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has not commented on either bill, some members have said in the past that tougher penalties may be the only solution.

Girl Found Wandering Outside Rivers Casino, Mom Facing Charges (10/20)
Gambling Officials Meet Over Abandoned Children Problem (8/18) –
2 Arrested After Kids Left In Car Outside Bensalem Casino (8/1) –
6-Year-Old Child Left Unattended In Car Parked At Parx Casino (7/30) –

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One Comment

  1. Paul says:

    Senate.. you are terrible, dont you have anything better to do? Charge the mother with neglect. Are you goint to card kids for walking passed the casino on a sidewalk? btw what is this “senate bill 1867” sounds fishy to me.

  2. Really? says:

    If the fear of the unimaginable happening to their child doesn’t stop the idiot from leaving them alone on the streets or in a parking lot…how is this bill being passed going to stop them? What a waste of time and money!

  3. ranger says:

    Why don’t they provide some kind of daycare or playroom section for a small fee, based on certain betting limits. Make it for differnt age groups, away from the gaming areas or another part of the property, so the people who can’t control their gambling urge can at least have an option without endangering their children. I know there are laws against children in these places, but if you kept it away from any access or separate a bill can be passed to allow it, rather than “bill 1867” to punish when someone HAS TO GAMBLE.
    I don’t gamble (not religious or fanatical, just smarter to know its a loosing proposition with the odds against you) or have children, but can see how some people would be in a position to have children with them when the urge hits.

  4. Mayor of GBD says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, buyt years ago there was a rash of people leaving kids in cars at convienence stores. Didn’t the State pass a law back then to leave a child under 14 unattended in a vehicle was illegal?

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