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Pennsylvania Committee To Weigh In On Internet Gambling

A Pennsylvania Senate Committee will weigh in on the possibility of internet gambling in the Keystone State next week, as they will deliver a report on the issue.

The Pennsylvania Senate Legislative Budget and Finance Committee has been working since late last year to investigate the possible benefits of legalizing online gambling within state borders, and was expected to take longer to deliver the results.

Pennsylvania is seeing increased pressure from neighboring states New Jersey and Delaware, as both have legalized online gambling and may be taking in revenue that could have gone to Pennsylvania land casinos.

Commenting on the upcoming report, State Senator Kim Ward said, "We wanted to see what the overall health of the casino industry is in the state and whether or not there's room for expansion without cannibalizing what's currently in place. We needed to take another look at the state of gaming as a whole before we said we definitely have room for online gaming."

"I think it's a very good idea, and we're hoping to get some answers next week."