Online Gambling Moving Forward in Pennsylvania USA

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017 -
Online Gambling Moving Forward in Pennsylvania USA

There are many jurisdictions in the USA that have yet to decide on legislation that would legalize online gambling but there has been progress in Pennsylvania, the Keystone State where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed.

The debate over online betting has finally reached a conclusion with Senator Mario Scavello, chairman of the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee stating “Sometime in March, we’ll have something done and passed in the House and Senate,” adding,“It looks like online gaming has the support to pass. We can look at other expansions.”

Senator Kim Ward (R-Hempfield) and Senator Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) plan to introduce legislative bills soon in hopes of getting new gambling laws passed in this session. Costa told Trib Live recently, “I think it’s a natural progression of gaming in Pennsylvania, the next logical step,” continuing Costa said,  “To some degree, both [online gaming and DFS] are already present, particularly fantasy sports. What we’re doing is regulating it. I think the people of Pennsylvania believe this is something that’s appropriate right now.”

The two bills to e presented by the Senators are expected to make their way to the legislature this session both are based largely on last year’s omnibus gambling expansion package. Although Costa says his bill utilizes the previous bill “as its base,” there is one significant amendment that is the proposed tax rate on operators will be set at 25 percent, as opposed to the 15 percent resulting in operators struggling to compete with the unregulated market, which would make it difficult for the new legal and licensed market to gain traction.

Senator Ward is aware of the situation said, “They [the casinos] pay enough already,” Referring to the economic benefits generated by the gambling industry both online and off he added, “We don’t want to do anything to hurt that.”


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