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Senate Mulls Bills To Keep Kids Off Casino Property

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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.

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

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