Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Knowles blasts Dems

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by BRUCE FRASSINELLI in Local News

House reduction fails

State Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-Schuylkill-Carbon, called out House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, Wednesday for the failure of Knowles’ House-reduction bill last week.

Knowles has been on the forefront of an effort to reduce the size of the state House of Representatives from its current 203 members to 151. The original bill left the 50-member state Senate intact.

Last week, three Republicans joined with all 14 Democrats on the House Rules Committee to amend Knowles’ original bill to include a reduction in the number of senators from 50 to 38.

CCasinos frustrated with underage gamblers

Monday, February 6, 2017 by BRUCE FRASSINELLI in Opinion

Underage youngsters are about 15 percent more likely to become addicted gamblers than the general population, according to a survey on compulsive gambling.

As a result, it is not surprising that teens and 20-year-olds are constantly testing the local casinos’ security systems with sophisticated fake IDs.

The Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, for example, was fined $36,000 recently after patrons under 21 were caught gambling on the casino floor in three separate incidents.