Online gaming proponents were expecting the state of Pennsylvania to host a hearing yesterday to review states that already offer casino and poker gaming online but that hearing did not take place. The House Gaming Oversight Committee was set to host the hearing to look at New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware and how they operate currently when it comes to the industry. However, the hearing has now been rescheduled for the 18th of October, almost three weeks from now.
An online gambling bill has already been passed within the House, one that is sponsored by Representative John Payne. The measure has yet to be voted on by the Senate and only a few days remain for something to be done this year in regards to legalizing online gaming in the state. The proposal for online casino gaming was passed within the House back in June with the Senate stating they would review the measure sometime in the fall.
Why the hearing was cancelled has yet to be determined though it is not uncommon for such hearings to be cancelled and rescheduled. In other Pennsylvania gaming news, a bill in the senate that deals with daily fantasy sports has made it out of the Appropriations Committee. DFS is already being considered within the omnibus gambling expansion package that would include online gambling as well, with both included in the bill passed by the House.
With the Senate having not moved forward with the gambling bill passed by the House, there may be some reluctance by the House to move the DFS bill forward. Overall, there are only a few days remaining before the Senate will no longer be in session. If nothing takes place, the subject will be pushed back until 2017. Then, the state will be even further from earning the $100 million that has been set within the state budget from a gambling expansion as well as online gambling options.
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