Pennsylvania Gets Anti-Online Gambling Bill

Pennsylvania 2Poker News Daily – A new anti-online gambling bill has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, aiming to make all online betting illegal in the Commonwealth. Introduced by State Representative Thomas P. Murt (R – District 152), it is the polar opposite of the two pro-online gambling bills that are currently before the House.

Murt’s bill is actually just a reintroduction of former State Representative Paul Clymer’s bill from last year, one which had the backing of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. And whereas bills that look to explicitly legalize online poker in a state are naturally complicated because of all the regulatory language they include, Murt’s HB 1013 is incredibly simple. Just two pages, the bill would just amend laws currently on the books.

The most pertinent amendment would be made to Section 1202(a) of Title 4 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes and would read, “(7) The board shall not promulgate rules and regulations allowing any form of Internet gambling.”

That’s it. Pretty straight forward. Online gambling will not be allowed should HB 1013 pass. The bill also laid out the penalties associated with online gambling…


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