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Pennsylvania is finally mulling the legalization of online gambling

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vixen777

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State lawmakers, after being on the fence for a long time, are meeting next week to possibly consider legalizing Internet gambling, the Tribune-Review reported.

Democrat Rep. Nick Kotik, a leading proponent of the Internet gambling bill told the news outlet Republicans were “not very comfortable” with bills legalizing online gambling,
but most of the new committee members “are not closing the door” on it. The House Gaming Oversight Committee (HGOC) panel has four new Republican members:
Rep. Nick Miccarelli, Rep. James Santora, Rep. Kurt Masser, and Rep. Jason Ortitay who already said he’s “generally supportive” of online gambling.

Interest in Pennsylvania’s online gambling bill has intensified after the state entered its 105th day of budget impasse.

Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-led legislature have been locked in a months-long stalemate over the state budget, with the House voting down
Wolf’s revised $2.4 billion tax package proposal.
The two parties, however, could finally see eye-to-eye on the idea that offering more gambling options will solve the state’s budget woes.

House Majority Leader Dave Reed told the Associated Press lawmakers should explore other possibilities on the table—such as adding gaming options—before deciding to raise taxes.

House Speaker Mike Turzai believes expanding gambling options already had “bipartisan support,” while Stephen Miskin,
spokesman for House Republicans, said they are looking forward to discuss the idea of gambling expansion with the governor, according to Philly.com.

Wolf, however, has long signaled a preference for using tax increases, believing gambling revenue will not provide the long-term stability that he wants.
Wolfe spokesman Mark Nicastre told the Associated Press the administration is open to gambling expansion, but it shouldn’t be confused “with long-term sustainable revenue that’s going to fully fix the budget deficit.”

The legislation, if passed, could bring the state $120 million—primarily from licensing—in the first year alone, with the full package boosting the revenue up to $700 million annually,
HGOC chair Rep. John Payne told Tribune-Review. The full package will include 24-hour liquor licenses, airport slot machines, skill-based gambling games, and secondary slot parlors, according to the report.

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I live in PA so that is a good thing in one aspect, however I wonder what kind of slot games we will be allowed to play. I play Rival mostly and will miss those games if we don't have them available to us.
 

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I`ve been interested in statistis about venturous games, so there was an info that Pennsylvania has the highest level of population engagement in lotteries.. Moreover they spend huge amount of money to play.. Thought that pPennsylvania is relatively poor state, but... They all playing lotteries and hope to win..) If casinos w`ll be added, hope that most families will not to go bankrupt :think
 

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So the dem. gov. wants to raise taxes and the repubs want to look for other options. There's something you won't hear on mainstream media. I hope they pull it off and its successful.
 

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Ohio needs to get in on this legalization of online gambling. That's where I live and they are always slow at a lot of stuff like this. Kind of behind the times you might say. But, they do have the legalization of marijuana on the ballot next week and I'm kind of proud of them for that!!!
 

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From some of the other posts you have made scampi I am beginning to get the idea that if pot gets legalized you will be a happy camper lol
 

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