Pennsylvanian Bill to Punish Online Gamblers
The state of Pennsylvania has introduced a new bill which will establish punishments for anyone caught gambling online. At present while it is illegal to gamble online there is no punishment.
Republican State Representative Mario Scavello has decided to try and change this. Scavello has been quoted as saying, “Here again, online gambling is best described as the Wild West. Online, there’s no one around to keep an eye on someone who doesn’t know when to stop. I believe that if you hit people in their wallets, we can start to crack down on the lawbreakers.”
Scavello has proposed a punishment which would see first time offenders paying a $300 fine with the possibility of 90-days in jail. Second time offenders would face misdemeanor charges which could result in up to a year in jail and a $2500 fine.
However, despite Scavello’s proposed legislation, it is widely thought that Pennsylvania may move towards regulating online gambling this year. The state has a thriving land-casino industry and the idea of permitting online gambling has come up in the past.