Pennsylvania Gaming Act Amend Includes Online Gambling

Published Monday, February 04, 2013 -

The issue of legal internet wagering in the USA just keeps getting more interesting as Nevada puts online poker on the map in that state. As the process becomes solidified there are other US jurisdictions such as Pennsylvania that are developing their own online gambling legislation.

While New Jersey still awaits the approval of internet betting on everything including sporting events there are those politicians in Pennsylvania that want to amend the current Pennsylvania Gaming Act. New Jersey is going through the legal process with a battle shaping up with the Department of Justice regarding the constitutionality of the New Jersey proposal. The official word so far regarding the fight indicated it is on and will cost the government of New Jersey to defend the legislation. Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill a few years ago much to the consternation of politicians who approved the bill for Christie’s consideration.

Pennsylvanian representative Tina Davis recently released a memorandum stating her intention for an amended Gaming Act that would allow for internet betting. Davis points out that Delaware and New Jersey, both bordering states, have taken action on the issue of online gambling and the state of Pennsylvania must adjust. Davis presented the memorandum announcement on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives web page. The proposed also revealed Davis’s reasoning for the call for amendments saying, “A responsible internet gaming system must be created in order to protect Pennsylvanians and the success of the established gaming industry in the Commonwealth, which has generated more than $7 billion in state tax revenue, and created more than 16,000 jobs statewide.” The memorandum continued, “the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board would regulate requirements for the licensing, operation of, and responsible participation in internet gaming to ensure that this form of gaming is within the regulatory framework we have fought to establish here in Pennsylvania.”

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