Sports betting regulation has been formally taken into consideration by Pennsylvania committee.
US.- After the public announcement of a possible repeal of federal ban on sports betting industry, the government of Pennsylvania has begun a legislative process to start debating a comprehensive regulation of the issue. The sports betting HB 519 has already been passed by the Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee
The State’s legislation would depend on the United States federal government’s final decision, but representatives of the industry are optimistic about potential results. However, if the federal government did not repeal the ban, the Pennsylvania law would not become effective. HB 519 would legalise patrons betting on sports games.
According to Casino Guardian, the state’s proposal would also depend on the legislative development of New Jersey’s gaming bills. Pennsylvania is also discussing a possible legislation on iGaming operations and daily fantasy sports. “I believe we must be ready to act should the federal ban be lifted,” commented the supporter of the bill, Rep. Robert Matzie, D-16, Ambridge, to Standard Speaker.
Currently, only Nevada operators are able to offer legal sports betting services under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). Oregon, Delaware and Montana also were allowed by the PASPA to operate sports betting offerings, although their own regulations have not taken effective.