One bill would double the fines imposed on Pennsylvania casinos if they fail to report such incidents to police or social service agencies and also make it a misdemeanor to leave children younger than 14 in vehicles parked on casino property. The other bill would require casinos to post signs warning patrons not to leave unattended children on casino property.

“The fact is that too many children are at risk when their parents and caregivers become so addicted to gambling that they leave their children unattended outside and inside casinos with, unfortunately, often tragic consequences,” said Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli .

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board did not take an official position on either one of the bills, but some of its members said at an August hearing on the Parx situation that tougher penalties may be the only solution.


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