Philadelphia Enters the Online Gambling Debate

By  Louis Wheeler

The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee (HGOC) held its second hearing of the year on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The issue under consideration is gambling legislation, notably the legalization of online gaming. The first such meeting took place on on March 2017 where the Senate CERD Committee and the House Gaming Oversight Committee engaged in a robust debate on online gambling activity in the state.

The focus was on general gaming expansion. This public hearing also factored in issues like competitiveness among casinos, local share assessment data, et al.

Major gaming reforms were discussed, including gambling tax proposals for the state of Pennsylvania. The issues of local taxation and online gaming are inextricably intertwined. The HGOC did not explicitly discuss online gambling, but it is the elephant in the room that nobody can ignore for too much longer.

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