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23rd June, 2016 at 09:59:18
Positive moves in California and Pennsylvania...but the latter was a cliff-hanger.
Online gambling progressed in California and Pennsylvania Wednesday....but at one point it looked as if yet another failure due to VGT confusion would scuttle legalisation in the latter state.
Both states held committee stage debates involving online gambling. In the Pennsylvania House lawmakers were presented with a massive set of amendments on A08621 to Rep. George Dunbar's HB2150 (seeking to legalise daily fantasy sports) as other politicians sought to use his bill as an omnibus vehicle to further other forms of gambling expansion.
It was almost a reprise of the situation in May this year in the House in which an online gambling bill failed because lawmakers were confused on what they were voting for (see previous report).
After barely an hour of debate the current amendments - one of them the legalisation of online gambling - sought by A08621 were rejected, chiefly due to continued fierce opposition to the expansion of land video gaming terminals which the land casino operators have consistently fought.
Fortunately, lawmakers then briefly caucused and agreed on a new bipartisan amendment - A08734 - which effectively packaged online gambling and daily fantasy sports legalisation as standalone issues incorporating both Dunbar's DFS proposal and John Payne's online gambling HB649. This immediately passed on a vote of 116 vs. 80.
The vote now requires the approval of Payne's House Appropriations Committee but appears set for a vote on the House Floor today, and possibly even a Senate vote.
With just a week of the present legislative season left before lawmakers adjourn, time remains of the essence...and legislators remain preoccupied with the budget, which is still being argued (see previous reports).
Over in California, the indefatigable Assemblyman Adam Gray was again driving his controversial online poker legalisation bill AB2863 in the Assembly Appropriations Committee
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