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Expansion Bill Passed by Pennsylvania State Senate

by Glenn Baird - May 27, 2017

Earlier this week, the State Senate in Pennsylvania passed an expansion bill to allow online gambling sites to operate within the state.

The bill was passed with little opposition but will now have to be approved by the State House before online gambling can be considered legal in the state.

The next set of discussions are unlikely to run as smoothly with issues involving tax and licence fees yet to be established.

Proposals for a 54% rate of tax will have to be negotiated if operators are going to manage to turn a worthwhile profit. It is likely that a new proposal, roughly 20% lower, will be made but it is unclear how opposition will respond to this. The small matter of a proposed $5m licence fee, with an additional fee of $5m to licence online poker, will also need to be looked at if online gambling is ever going to get off the ground in Pennsylvania.

Known as the Key Stone State for its shape and geographical significance during early state formation in the US, Pennsylvania will need negotiations in The State House to run smoothly if they are going blaze any trails in the quest to bring online gambling to the US.

Pennsylvania is one of a number of states looking to change the laws surrounding online gambling in the US, as pressure grows to expand the market from its stronghold in Europe.