Pennsylvania Online Gambling Bill Dealt a Blow
Pennsylvania is one of several American states seeking to legalize online gambling. According to a recently published white paper from industry analyst Robert DellaFave, casinos in the state could gain a collective $230 million in online gaming revenue during the first year the market is legalized.
However, the Pennsylvania online gambling bill that would legitimize the practice has recently been threatened by bill HB 801 - "Banning Internet Gaming in Pennsylvania Act" - which was first introduced back at the start of the year in January.
HB 801 was filed by State Representative Thomas Murt and seeks to amend state law pertaining to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to make certain that the body "shall not promulgate rules and regulations allowing any form of internet gambling."
Additionally, the anti-online gambling bill also includes measures for punishing individuals caught offering online gaming to gamblers in Pennsylvania. This includes a fine of up to $300 for a first time offence, a $600 fine plus three days in prison for the second offence, and a steep $2,000 fine and up to one year in jail for third time offenders.
Currently, Murt's bill has gained four co-sponsors, which presents serious opposition for the pro Pennsylvania online gambling bill. On March 28th, the Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the state's various gambling bills that have been put forward.