The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has failed to approve the gaming expansion, which aimed at allowing slot machines at international airports.
US.- House Bill 271, which aimed at legalising gaming platforms at Pennsylvania’s three international airports, was finally dismissed by the State House of Representatives this week. The vote resulted in 112 opponents against 79 supporters of slot machine operators at the airports. Currently, local lawmakers are evaluating further casino and online gaming proposals to expand the legal industry.
The rejected plan was part of a deeper reform that pretends to extend the authorised betting terminals statewide as well as set a legal industry for sports betting and iGaming services. Pennsylvania legislators are still considering allow the installation of slot machines at bars and fraternal clubs.
Furthermore, the State’s Legislature has not defined yet the future tax conditions for casino operators, whilst the Governor Tom Wolf has been urging lawmakers to approve a complete regulation on the issue in order to fix the financial situation. Last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the casino law that used to force casinos to pay host communities 4 percent of slot machine revenue as a “local share assessment.”
As highlighted by CardPlayer, the Pennsylvania gaming market is highly attractive by global investors. Based on that, experts estimate that the potential legislation on the iGaming industry would boost even further the regional economy citing the example of Keystone State casinos According to PlayPennsylvania, the Keystoe State’s online gambling sector would generate US$ 230 million during its first year of operations.