The topic of regulated online gambling continues to garner legislative interest in Pennsylvania.
Davis’ bill sits alongside a bill introduced by Rep. John Payne – HB649 – that would authorize Pennsylvania to offer legal online poker and casino games.
A few items worth noting:
Rep. Payne’s bill is by far the most likely to be the eventual legislative vehicle for moving online gambling forward in Pennsylvania – assuming that regulation occurs via a standalone bill and not as part of the budget process.
The Pennsylvania House Committee on Gaming Oversight will host two hearings regarding legal online gambling in the weeks ahead:
The April hearing has been scheduled for several weeks. The May hearing was added only recently.
“We have talked to lawmakers in Pennsylvania and they are taking iGaming seriously,” Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas told OPR.
“The May 6 hearing will provide a forum to make our best case why the Commonwealth needs to act this year. I have little doubt that online gaming opponents will be out in full force, and we need to be prepared to crush their rhetoric with facts.”
A more general public hearing on the topic of industry competitiveness held in mid-March involved extended discussion of issues related to online gambling.