Vote on Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Delayed Until Autumn
It looks as if potential online gamblers in Pennsylvania may have to wait a little longer before the state makes it legal as it has emerged that the gambling expansion bill will not be voted on this week as expected.
The bill, which is sponsored by Rep. George Dunbar, is part of a bigger revenue package aimed at financing a $31.5 billion budget spending bill which became law earlier in the week.
The bill passed a House vote last month. Not only does the bill legalise and regulate online gambling, but it also calls for the addition of slot machines at the state’s off-track betting parlours and international airports as well as the legalisation of daily fantasy sports.
It is now being reported that the bill will probably be voted on in the autumn. According to Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Browne the $100 million in tax revenue that online gambling is forecast to produce is not needed immediately for the state’s budget.
In general the bill is very well supported and has received support from across the state. The Parx Casino and the Sands Bethlehem Casino were the only two existing gambling entities in the state that opposed the legalisation of additional gambling options.
However, even though the Sands Bethlehem opposed the bill according to the Mark Juliano, the president of the casino, it is actually the addition of slot machines to off-track betting facilities that the casino opposes as they are considered far more dangerous for existing casinos than online gambling.
It is still generally expected that Pennsylvania will become the fourth US state to legalise online gambling, but it does seem that residents will have to wait a little longer.