The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives has defeated a state wide bill to force drivers to put down their cell phones while driving. The Vote was 100-95 against an amendment that would require drivers to replace hand-held cell phones with hands free devices.

Statistics for 2008 listed 1,049 accidents involving hand-held phones and just 50 accidents involving hands-free phones. A recent poll by Quinnipiac University found that more than 8 in 10 Pennsylvanians support a ban on hand-held cell phones.

Once again our elected officials are not interested in doing the will of the people of Pennsylvania.

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Casino revenues in Pennsylvania are up over a year ago even in these recessionary times. Atlantic city and Las Vegas may be hurting but don’t tell that to Pennsylvania’s casino and their slot machine business. Revenues in February 2009 rose 14 % over the same period last year.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reports that the combined gross revenue for the casinos was $126 million. This was an increase of $16 million over last February’s numbers.

Leading the casinos was Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a 43.5 % increase to $17.8 million.
Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos registered a 31.5 % increase up to $15.2 million.
The Meadows Casino in the Pittsburgh area was up 20 % to $20.5 million.

It looks like Pennsylvanians love to gamble and especially love the slots. The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is waiting with excitement to join the club of successful casinos when it goes online on May 22, 2009.