Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approves Casino

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approves Casino


On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved construction of a $550 million SugarHouse casino in Philadelphia. The court said the City Council has been stalling the vote on zoning and land-use requests, so the court issued the approval itself. 

Casino opponents said the decision undermined both the council’s authority and Mayor-elect Michael Nutter’s push for legislation requiring a 1,500-foot buffer between casinos and housing. Opponents have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the casino-licensing process.

Chad Hills, analyst for gambling research and policy at Focus on the Family Action, said it's unfortunate legislators are trading the citizens' well-being for money.

“The tragic saga of greed, power, political manipulation and citizen affliction continues to unfold in Pennsylvania,” he said. “The question is how many families will be destroyed before it ends?”

Source: http://www.citizenlink.org/CLBriefs/A000006048.cfm


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