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MORE INDICATIONS THAT ONLINE GAMBLING LEGALISATION IN PENNSYLVANIA IS UNLIKELY THIS YEAR
07th November, 2016 at 08:01:59
Senate President's staff say no plans for progressing H.8776.
In another indication that online gambling legalisation is bogged down in the Pennsylvanian state Senate and unlikely to pass this year, Casey Long, a senior staffer in the office of Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, has advised local media that there are no plans to act this month on H.8776, a tax-associated bill approved by the House which contains additions legalising online gambling and daily fantasy sports, along with land gambling expansions originally carried in HR2150, which also languishes in the Senate (see previous reports).
The Senate"s last session for this year is on November 15 after regularly scheduled sessions ended in October, but the House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene the week after the election.
Any bills not passed by November 30 will have to be reintroduced when the next legislative session starts in January 2017, and the gambling bill falls into this category, the staffer said, confirming previous political spokesmen's opinions that the Senate has no consensus on the i-gaming and DFS proposals that the House has now approved twice.
The proposed House bill would impose a 14% state tax on online GGR plus a 2% local-share assessment. The state tax rate for daily fantasy sports would be 12% of revenue.
Under the bill, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board would oversee and enforce regulations for online casinos and DFS operators, with provisions that include:
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