Pennsylvania: The Last Hope For Online Poker Legislation This Year

After online poker legislation stalled indefinitely in New York and California there remains one last hope this year: Pennsylvania. State representatives have been pushing hard for online gambling this year and the state House literally wrote gambling into their budget. Now comes a formal meeting to talk it out.

The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee will host a public hearing to discuss online gambling and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) on Tuesday, September 27 at 9:00 a.m. But if the House already added online gambling into their budget why are they holding the hearing and not the Senate, which still needs to act on the gambling expansion?

Only State Representative John Payne knows. Payne has been pushing for online poker legislation in Pennsylvania for some time. His expansion proposal, HB 2150, passed in the House in June. The hearing is an initiative from Payne, and will be a review of online gambling and DFS legislation in other states.

With only nine days left in the active calendar before the Senate is out for the year Payne, along with Rep. Rosita Youngblood, is doing all he can to influence the Senate to take action. It is important to note that Payne has plans to retire after the November elections, making it all the more urgent to pass the legislation he has worked so hard to introduce.

It is still unknown if the Senate has any plans to move on online poker. Their session reconvenes on Monday, September 26. They will have just nine days to pass the bill so that it can be sent to the House, then have it signed into law by the Governor.

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