Pennsylvania remains stuck at an impasse on the road to legalising online gambling, with the new legislation likely to be put on the back-burner until around March next year.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he bill in question, HB 1887, has had a complicated trajectory so far, starting out as a piece of problem gambling legislation and later being amended by the Senate to introduce a temporary fix for local gambling tax revenues.
This ‘fix’ – which would have seen millions of dollars in tax revenues poured into county budgets – was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court at the end of September, frustrating local governments who were relying on the expected cash injection.
In response to the ruling, the House of Representatives then tabled a series of further amendments, not only making the tax fix permanent, but also legalising online gambling and daily fantasy sports within the state. This bill passed the House with a landslide, but is unlikely to be put to a vote in the Senate before the end of this year – and may be allowed to die completely.
The problem, according to the Morning Call, is that Senators who are undecided on online gambling would prefer to consider the issue of local gambling taxation separately.
“We told the House before, we don’t have consensus on I-gaming, yet they chose to load it into the host fee bill,” Senate majority leader Jake Corman told reporters.