Online Gambling Could Be Coming to Pennsylvania
Online gambling is slowly gaining some steam in the United States and before long, could arrive in Pennsylvania.
Just not yet.
Per reports, a proposed online gambling bill for the state has been put off until the fall.
Pennsylvania legislature slow-rolls online gambling decision until the fall https://t.co/oXthFriUOk
— Calvin Ayre (@CalvinAyre) July 13, 2016
Pennsylvania lawmakers had approved a legislative package last month that would include the approval of both online gambling and daily fantasy sports. Governor Tom Wolf signed off on the new deal in hopes to have an answer this week.
That isn’t happening. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Browne has stated that the gambling legislation will not be included in the state’s revenue plan (to be passed this week), putting a delay on any final decision on online gambling in Pennsylvania for now.
Waiting For Fall
Instead, Browne admitted that a ruling on the online gambling package would have to wait until the fall months.
While the delay is real, there still remains the possibility that the online gambling package gets picked back up and approved before the fall.
Until then, online gambling fans and lawmakers alike will have to wait.
Following a Trend
The good news is that Pennsylvania is close to approving online gambling and daily fantasy sports. That could open the door to over $100 million in revenue for the state.
With the state trying to finalize its budget for 2017, it makes sense that another strong push could come to get online gambling in the mix.
Pennsylvania would not be on its own in attempting to legalize online gambling, as California made waves earlier this year with an online poker bill slowly trickling toward completion.
Should Pennsylvania prove successful and get their bill accepted before the new year, they’d become the fourth state to make way for completely legal online gambling.
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