Pennsylvania Online Gambling Not Quite Dead

pennsylvania button PNGThe Pennsylvania legislature is back in session, and gambling is back on the table.

Even though two hearings that were expected to discuss online gambling expansion were cancelled (the first on October 21, and the second on October 27), the issue is still very much in play, per the Chairman of the Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee, John Payne.

I reached out to Chairman Payne following the cancellation of the second hearing and his office stated, “The cancellation of today’s hearing has no effect on online gambling,” adding, “A vote [on online gambling] is still being anticipated.”

According to a recent column in Gambling Compliance, House Democrats and Republicans have been discussing which gaming proposals should be included in a larger reform package. “There’s no desire to run nine bills out of committee,” Payne told GC. “My role as chairman is to put the package of bills together, make sure that the revenue numbers are realistic, and get the votes to make sure that it gets out of the committee.”

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