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The Associated Press

Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday he would agree to fewer venues for slot machines if that’s what it takes to get a slots bill through the General Assembly.

A House-passed bill, backed by Rendell and Speaker John Perzel, a Philadelphia Republican, called for slots at nine horse racing tracks and two stand-alone parlors in Philadelphia and southwestern Pennsylvania.

A Senate-approved bill would allow slot machines at only eight tracks, and GOP senators have remained firm against expansion.

“To get a gaming bill, would we come down off 11• Sure,” Rendell said at a news conference in Harrisburg.

But Rendell said he would still prefer to see 11 locations since that would provide more revenue for reducing property taxes statewide.

There’s been no legislative action since the House vote in July.

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