Pennsylvania Introduces Bill To Legalize Sports Betting
The state of Pennsylvania is considered by many the next U.S. state which will probably legalize online gambling. In another sign of their progressive approach the Gaming and Oversight Committee in the US state’s House of Representatives have introduced House Bill 519 that will enable Pennsylvania to offer legal sports betting pending federal approval.
This is where it is different from the State of New Jersey who tried directly to override existing Federal law, namely the Professional and Amateur Sports protection Act (PASPA) that bans single games wagering in all states but Nevada.
The Bill authored by Rep. Robert Matzie passed unanimously with a 24-0 and now moves on the House for full consideration. In terms of the bill license fees will be set at $5m up front and have a renewal fee of $250,000 for every three year period. If the bill passes sports betting will be made legal and available to all players over the age of 21. DFS is not included in the existing bill but is covered by a separate piece of legislation that is already in consideration.
This latest Bill follows Bill 524 SB 477 and HB 392 which were all aimed at a possible legalization of online gambling.