Pa. House OKs ban on leaving children in casino parking

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two bills aimed at the problem of children left unattended in gambling casino parking lots are on their way to the state Senate.

The House overwhelmingly approved both measures today.

One bill would make it a misdemeanor to leave children younger than 14 in vehicles parked on casino property and double the potential fines imposed on casinos if they fail to report such incidents to police and social-service agencies.

The other bill would require casinos to post signs warning patrons not to leave unattended children on casino property.

Such incidents have been reported at several casinos. The Parx Casino, located next to the Philadelphia Park racetrack in Bensalem, stepped up patrols and added security cameras in its parking lot after nine incidents were reported last year.

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