Legislation could move to Senate later this week
US.- Pennsylvania’s House will vote today on a bill that could legalize online gaming for the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos. The measure passed a House subcommittee last month. Also, in the same bill there is a plan to expand brick-and-mortar gambling in the Keystone State.
If the bill is approved and passes the House, it will then go to the Senate. If it also gets approval at that chamber, it will go to the governor’s office. Moreover, it could then be incorporated in other bill, which aims to fix the state budget for next year.
The budget plan offered up by Pennsylvania Republicans would include US$120 million in revenue generated by online gaming. And for the past 6 months, lawmakers have been trying to hash out a 2016 budget. Regulated online gaming would eventually be a US$300 million market, as estimated. And as stated on the bill HB 649, there is a proposed tax rate of 14 percent on Internet gaming revenues.