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Pennsylvania May Move to Legalize Sportsbetting

The state of Pennsylvania may take the first step toward trying to legalize sportsbetting this week after it was revealed that Democratic House Gaming Oversight Committee Chairman Nick Kotik may introduce a bill that would legalize the activity.

Kotik's bill would legalize intrastate sportsbetting at land casinos, which would be supervised by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The bill would also have a provision that forbids wagers being placed on events that take place within the state.

States such as Pennsylvania are basing their hopes on legalized sportsbetting on the state of New Jersey's repeated attempts to get legal approval to regulate the activity. It is thought that New Jersey's challenge stands a good chance of being approved, as the case was recently taken up by the US Court of Appeals.

Kotik is a gambling advocate who has introduced other bills related to the activity within the Keystone State. In addition to the sportsbetting bill Kotik introduced HB1408, which would allow six of the state's airports to offer slot machines to travelers.

Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.

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