A bill that would legalize and regulate online gambling in the state of Pennsylvania passed through the House Gaming Oversight Committee without any changes made to its language.
The bill, which is formally known as HB649 made it through Committee after debate by state politicians. The bill would allow for current land casino owners to apply for an online gambling license, with an application fee costing $5 million, with vendors having to front $1 million for a license. Players would have to be 21 years old, and a 15% tax rate on revenues would be taken.
The news was welcomed by the Poker Players Alliance, whose Executive Director John Pappas said, "With the passage of H.B. 649, the House Gaming Oversight Committee has proven their commitment to providing Pennsylvania residents with a safe and regulated place to play online poker within their own borders. It is our hope that the legislation will be enacted on its own or as part of the state's 2016 budget by the end of this year."
The bill will now advance to debate in the state legislature, where it will eventually be voted on. If it passes that hurdle the bill will then move on to Governor Tom Wolf's desk, where he could either sign the bill into law or issue a veto.
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