PA Online Gambling And Daily Fantasy Sports Regulation Joined At The Hip

Dustin Gouker September 22, 2016
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Pennsylvania’s legislature has been looking at the issues of legalizing and regulation both online gambling and daily fantasy sports for the past year.

At this point, it doesn’t appear legislation dealing with the two things will move forward separately — that any effort will move forward on a parallel track.

The latest evidence: House hearing on DFS, iGaming

Next week, the House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing.

The subject? What other states have done regarding both online gambling and DFS.

The House, of course, has already passed a bill that covered both subjects, including the authorization of PA online casinos. The Senate has not yet acted, and it may take up the issue this fall.

Next week’s House hearing appears to be aimed at getting the Senate to act on iGaming and DFS regulation.

Bill sponsor still high on both

Rep. Rosita Youngblood has been a vocal champion of iGaming regulation She recently did an extensive interview with Online Poker Report about the future of the gambling expansion package. She talked about DFS and online gambling in tandem:

So realistically, we should be able to move forward with a final product this fall that has the much needed regulation of iGaming and daily fantasy sports … There is not a lot of contention with iGaming and DFS — so I do I think that is a realistic expectation for the 10-12 session days we have left this year.

…Moving iGaming into a regulated and legal space, and finally getting a grip on daily fantasy sports, should be a priority.

A recent report from Eilers & Krejcik Gaming also intimated that online gambling would not move forward unless DFS was tied to it.

What’s next for online gambling, DFS?

The Senate has just nine session days — starting on Monday — to get the gambling expansion done before the November elections.

If it doesn’t act by then, the issue will get pushed into 2017.

The legislature and governor agreed on a budget this summer that included $100 million in revenue from gambling, most from online gambling. However, the gambling legislation was not passed at the time, and put off until this fall.

Will the Senate keep the promise the government made on gambling revenue? We’ll find out in the next month.

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