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By The The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A public hearing on legalizing video poker machines to provide college students with tuition relief will be Thursday at Westmoreland County Community College.

The state House Gaming Oversight Committee hearing will begin at 9:15 a.m. in room 2112 of Commissioners Hall on the campus near Youngwood.

The hearing will focus on proposed legislation to legalize video gambling at bars, restaurants and private social clubs licensed by the Liquor Control Board. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dante Santoni, a Berks County Democrat, is part of Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal to use tax revenue from legalized video gambling to help lower tuition costs for students at community colleges and state system universities.

Scheduled to testify are representatives from the state departments of Revenue and Education, the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Pennsylvania Tavern Association, the Pennsylvania Amusement and Music Machine Association as well as Dr. Joe D. Forrester, president of Community College of Beaver County, and Dr. Tony Atwater, president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The hearing is the second of four being held across the state on the proposal.

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