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Pennsylvania Introduces New Online Gaming Bill

Representative Tina Davis has introduced an online gambling bill (HB 1235) that would regulate several games to the state legislature.

The new online gambling bill would allow any establishment with a slot machine license to offer online gambling products. The legislation would allow operators with slot machine licenses to develop online gambling products. HB 1235 would legalize several different casino games including poker, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and craps.

The bill also has a provision to allow the Gaming Control Board to form domestic and international compacts in order to share player liquidity. Licensed operators are required to be in the state, but the bill does not restrict the formation of partnerships with outside companies. Each licensed operator would be required to develop a satisfactory product that will be tested for safety and quality.

The Pennsylvania bill also includes an interesting clause for players interested in signing up for an online account. It requires the player, who must be 21 or older, to physically sign up for an account at the operator’s location. The provision would allow the operators to verify the age of the participant and add to the security for players.

The bill originally contained a extremely high license fee of $16.7 million and a bad actor clause. However, the sponsors of the bill amended it to create a business and competition friendly environment.

Although the exact dates of the legislative process are unclear, the bill has been recommended to the House Committee on Gaming Oversight.

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