he Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee received a commissioned report on the DFS industry that was asked for by the legislature earlier this year. The goal of that report to examine DFS as a “gambling product.”
The PA Gaming Control Board already released that report earlier, but it was formally given to the House committee in a hearing on Tuesday morning. The recommendation of that report was to tie the DFS industry to the land-based casino in regulating the industry.
The news on Tuesday, however, was that chairman John Payne indicated that a vote on DFS legislation could be held by his committee as soon as next week. That’s a fast turnaround for a state that had been taking it slow on DFS; a hearing had been held back in November.
The bill in question appears to be H 1197 from Rep. George Dunbar. That legislation was introduced way back in May of last year, but it didn’t see any action.
That bill will almost certainly be amended heavily in advance of next week’s planned committee vote, and it will likely take a lot of elements out of the PGCB report.
The DFS hearing comes as the state also gives serious thought to legalizing and regulating online poker.