by Damon Boughamer
Public Radio Capitol News, serving Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Penna. (PRCN, 8 March 2006) -- A member of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is downplaying a dispute some say has slowed the panel’s progress.
At issue is whether the supplier market for slots parlors should be wide open or should be divided into two or five regions.
The panel has been unable to reach a consensus.
But Commissioner Mary Colins says observers are making too much of the argument.
"The supplier issue is something which we will resolve," Colins says. "It is something that the board works on day in and day out. We are patiently evaluating all aspects of it, and we will resolve it."
Colins noted the board did agree to allow the application process for slots to move forward anyway.
No final decisions will be made until a resolution is reached on the question of supplier regions.