Pennsylvania Moves Closer To Legal Online Casinos

Published Monday, January 09, 2017 -
Pennsylvania Moves Closer To Legal Online Casinos

The various state jurisdictions in the USA have been debating the laws regulating online gambling and daily fantasy sports betting for some time now. In the State of Pennsylvania last June 2016 the House of Representatives gave its approval to a bill that could lead to the legalisation of these gambling activities. The legislation would allow land-based casinos to strike partnerships with approved online gambling technology providers to offer online casino and internet poker to residents in Pennsylvania.

Should the bill pass in the Pennsylvania Senate, it could see Pennsylvania become the second state to introduce a legalised online poker market, with Nevada currently the only other market in the USA to offer such a product. The last four years of debate on the legalization of online casinos and poker have brought the state closer to approving the legislation and bill HB2150 almost made the cut.

Pennsylvania Senator Jay Costa confirmed recently that he will introduce an online casino and internet poker bill in the latest bid to have online gambling made legal in the Keystone State. Last June’s vote 114-85 was in favour of bill HB 2150, which had been previously been rejected over a portion of the bill that dealt with video gaming terminals, this aspect has been removed from the approved bill. Even though the proposed legislation was approved, lawmakers remained undecided on the move and failed to pass bill HB 2150, by the November 30 deadline.

Senator Costa’s plan will allow Pennsylvania casinos to offer online gambling products and services, if  the selected firms secure the necessary approval and pay a licence fee of $10 million (€9.4 million). Partnering enterprises with casinos providing an online gambling platform will be required to pay a licence fee of $5 million USD, while internet gaming revenue will be taxed at a rate of 25%.

Senator Costa has said he will use previous bill HB2150 as “the base” for new legislation.




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