International edition
September 19, 2021

Vote was 31-19

PA Senate okays gambling expansion bill

PA Senate okays gambling expansion bill
If enacted, Pennsylvania will for the first time sanction commercial gambling outside 12 original licensed casinos and racetracks.
United States | 10/26/2017

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a far-reaching gambling expansion bill Wednesday that would legalize Internet games, authorize a new set of casinos across the state, and permit legal games at highway truck stops.

T

he Senate vote was 31-19, with 18 Republicans and 13 Democrats voting in support. The bill now moves to the state House, which is expected to take it up later tonight.

If enacted, Pennsylvania will - in a significant change from the gaming world it set up 13 years ago - for the first time sanction commercial gambling outside 12 original licensed casinos and racetracks.

The new casinos could be in secondary, but potentially attractive, markets like State College, Gettysburg and the Lake Erie waterfront. And the Internet games will turn virtually any online device into a betting position.

The bill was the result of a temporary truce in an intense battle over the introduction of VGTs, the slots-style games that many House members had hoped to make available to bars, restaurants and private clubs.

The Senate, which has fewer supporters of VGTs, moved from a no-VGT position that it had struck through most of the summer and fall to allowing the games at truck stops only in an attempt to meet the House halfway.

Yogonet.com
Related news
Leave your comment
Newsletter Subscription
Subscribe to receive the latest news and updates
Enter a valid email
Complete the captcha
Thank you for registering to our newsletter.