Pennsylvania House Approves Online Gambling

Pennsylvania House Approves Online Gambling

Pennsylvania is one step closer to joining Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware in regulating online gambling. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the legislation that will authorize online gambling, daily fantasy sports and the addition of slot machines on airports and off-track betting parlors.

The bill still needs to be passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in order for Pennsylvania to become the fourth state to regulate online gambling.

Since the state is looking for sources of revenue to help fund a proposed $31.5 billion budget, and the estimations are that the combined gaming expansions will generate $266.5 million from licenses and tax revenues in 2016/17, thing are going fast and the prospects are not so uncertain at this point.

There is an action page launched by the Poker Players Alliance, urging everyone, especially Pennsylvania residents to contact representatives and support internet gambling. Executive director of the PPA, considers this legislation beneficial on multiple fronts:

"It is about time — this legislation is long overdue! Pennsylvanians deserve robust consumer protections and today the Pennsylvania House delivered. Additionally, this legislation will create jobs and help the Commonwealth close its budget gap. This commonsense legislation is a win-win for Pennsylvania. The online poker community urges the Senate and Governor Wolf to act swiftly to approve this measure."

  • Nice to hear that Pennsylvania is becoming wise. Prohibition doesn't work people are going to gamble anyway. The other states in the US should follow suit so the revenues generated can be used by state governments for much needed social services and other government functions. There are many online casino's already taking business in the US regulation makes sense for many reasons for the benefit of all, players, honest casinos and the general public
  • good to hear about some positive movements in US. Hope more good news will follow
  • This is such great news! Hopefully in my lifetime all states will get going and legalize online gambling. It is certainly a good way for states to get more revenue so I don't know why there are so many that are against it. I know the usual responses...addiction, etc. But if people want to gamble they will find a way so they should just legalize it and collect their share.
  • about time
  • omg finally i have been waiting for years for this to happen how long do you think it willl take for them to pass so i can play without feeling like i am a criminal,,,, this very excitieng news for pennsyvanians i am sure they feel the same as i do this is great rose
  • Awesome, now if the rest of the states can get their heads out of their a**es
  • its about time...i live in pa and it is long overdue!!! I can't wait...

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