Rep. Davis’ Online Gambling Bill Likely Dead Until 2015

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Rep. Tina Davis’ introduction of an online gambling bill in Pennsylvania generated some coverage, but – given the current makeup of the PA legislature – not a lot of hope among observers.

Now that pessimism has been justified, as a key committee head has indicated publicly that she’s in favor of stalling the bill until 2015.

That’s what PA State Rep. Tina Pickett, who chairs the House Committee on Gaming Oversight, told The Plain Dealer over the weekend:

Rep. Tina Pickett, who chairs a committee heading the legislation, does not expect the bill to move before a two-year session expires at the end of next year.

The northeast Pennsylvania Republican said legislators want to help the state’s 11 casinos — 12 when the Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin opens July 1 southeast of Pittsburgh — but will wait to see how the properties are affected by Internet gambling in New Jersey. She is concerned about making gambling too accessible.

Again, Pickett’s stance isn’t really a surprise. But her comments highlight just how closely lawmakers around the country will be watching online gambling rollouts in Nevada and New Jersey, and how the success or failure of those rollouts could influence the willingness of other states to introduce regulated online gambling

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