Pennsylvania approves gaming expansion

Airports, bars and commercial venues would be allowed to offer gaming services in Pennsylvania.

US.- Project of casino expansion has been approved yesterday during a vote on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, leading a way of integrating further gaming operations statewide. Under the approved legislation, airports, bars and online platforms will be able to apply for gaming licenses in order to add casino offerings in its services.

After the legislative session, the House Majority Leader Dave Reed commented to the WGAL news outlet that the bill would boost upcoming negotiations on Pennsylvania’s budgets later this month. According to the news site, yesterday’s vote ended with the approval by 102-89 as legislators believe it would enhance state’s funds with annual taxes.

If the new regulation gets effective, Pennsylvania would become the fourth state to legislate the iGaming sector, after Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. The bill would allow local casino and lottery operators to offer the same services through internet platforms in order to collect additional revenues, which would be destined to counties’ public services, such as the police department.

Furthermore, current casino companies could extend their services on bars, truck terminals and state’s airports. After a previous report by the government that estimated a deficit of US$3 billion by the end of the year, legislators were pressured to present alternative solutions to reinforce economic plans.

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