A House Co-Sponsorship Memorandum was filed by two Pennsylvania House members on Wednesday, announcing an upcoming legislation that they plan to introduce that would legalize and regulate online gambling in the state. A month ago State Senator Jay Costa tried to implement the same thing. Like Costa, Representative George DunbarandRepresentative Rosita C. Youngblood did not provide an exact date as to when to expect the bill to be introduced, only stating that it would be “in the near future.”
The House of Representatives did pass a gambling bill in 2016. The Senate never even voted on the bill.
The memorandum lists a dozen features:
The installation of gaming tablets in airports was part of a larger conflict surrounding last year’s bill. One version of the bill would have allowed a significant expansion of video gaming terminals (VGTs) throughout Pennsylvania, into places like taverns. The casinos were firmly against this, as they feared they would lose business. The final bill removed that language but still permitted for VGTs into airports.
While this House memorandum only provided high-level points and did not give expansive details as to any regulations, Senator Jay Costa did offer some insight in his memo. The online gambling licensing fee for the state’s casinos would total to $10 million in his bill, while the fee for technology partners would be $5 million. Operators would face taxes up to 25 percent of their internet gaming revenue, much higher than was indicated in last year’s House bill. The money obtained would be earmarked for property tax relief and economic development projects.
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