Online gaming proponents were expecting the state of Pennsylvania to host a hearing on Tuesday to review states that already offer casino and poker gaming online.
US.- Online gaming proponents were expecting the state of Pennsylvania to host a hearing on Tuesday to review states that already offer casino and poker gaming online. The House Gaming Oversight Committee was set to host the hearing to look at New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware and how they operate currently when it comes to the industry. Now, the hearing has been rescheduled for the 18th of October.
The House has already passed an online gambling bill sponsored by Representative John Payne. The measure has yet to be voted on by the Senate and only a few days remain for something to be done this year in regards to legalising online gaming in the state. The proposal for online casino gaming was passed within the House back in June with the Senate stating they would review the measure sometime in the fall.
The reasons for postponing the hearing have yet to be disclosed, although it is not uncommon for such hearings to be cancelled and rescheduled. In Pennsylvania, a bill in the senate that deals with daily fantasy sports has made it out of the Appropriations Committee. DFS is already being considered within the omnibus gambling expansion package that would include online gambling as well, with both included in the bill passed by the House.
However and since the Senate have not moved forward with the gambling bill passed by the House, there may be some reluctance by the House to move the DFS bill forward. Overall, there are only a few days remaining before the Senate will no longer be in session. If nothing takes place, the subject will be pushed back until 2017. Then, the state will be even further from earning the US$100 million that has been set within the state budget from a gambling expansion as well as online gambling options.