3 Things: Violent Crimes Down, Table Games Pass Senate, NJ Same-Sex Marriage Vote

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Three things to know in Philly today:

PHILLY'S VIOLENT CRIMES HAVE DROPPED: Police report violent crime is down nearly 11 percent over the past two years..the number of murders decreased from 392 in 2007 to 305 in 2009. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter: "These are, of course, spectacular achievements and we will celebrate them for about a second. The second is over. We still have a lot of work to do. We still have many challenges ahead of us." And Police commissioner Charles Ramsey echoes that sentiment: "We can't afford to become complacent. We can't be satisfied. We still have far too much violence on the streets of our city." (KYW 1060)

TABLE GAMES PROPOSAL PASSES SENATE: HARRISBURG, Pa. - A six-month push to add table games such as poker and blackjack to Pennsylvania's slots casinos headed into the homestretch Tuesday with Senate passage of a compromise bill. The lengthy bill would allow a third resort casino license to be awarded in 2017. It would divert a portion of the income to benefit the communities where casinos are located. And it would change gambling regulations to make the licensing process more transparent and impose new ethics rules for employees of casinos and the Gaming Control Board. Rendell needs the revenues to plug an enormous hole in the state budget that continues to grow, as revenues are still coming in below expectations because of the national recession. (AP)

JERSEY SENATE TO VOTE ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
: The New Jersey Senate will vote tomorrow on a bill to allow same-sex marriages, Senate President Richard J. Codey said yesterday. The Senate had been scheduled to vote on the bill Dec. 7, but the vote was postponed for lack of support. It is unknown whether any senators have changed their minds on the issue since then. "Given the intensely personal nature of this issue, I think the people of this state deserve the right to a formal debate on the Senate floor," Codey said. "I'd like to commend both sides of this issue for their passionate advocacy thus far and the heartfelt testimony that we have heard." If the bill is approved in the Senate, it would also have to be approved by the Assembly before it could move to Gov. Corzine's desk. (Inquirer)

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