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Pennsylvania House To Vote On Online Poker

Legislation Would Move To Senate If Successful This Week

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Lawmakers in Pennsylvania’s House will vote Wednesday on a bill that would legalize online gaming for the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos.

The Poker Players Alliance, a grassroots lobbying group on Capitol Hill, said on Twitter that HB 649 will get the much-anticipated House vote. The measure passed a House subcommittee last month. The bill also includes plans for expanding brick-and-mortar gambling in the Keystone State.

If it passes the House, the measure will go to the Senate. If it passes that legislative body, the governor will have it on his desk. HB 649 could still become incorporated into a larger bill aimed to help fix the state budget for next year.

According to a report Monday from Pennlive, Pennsylvania Republicans have offered up a budget plan that would include $120 million in revenue generated by online gaming.

Lawmakers have been trying to hash out a 2016 budget for the past six months.

Pennsylvania determined that regulated online gaming would eventually be a $300 million market. HB 649 has a proposed tax rate of 14 percent on Internet gaming revenue.