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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: May 29, 2014 10:04 AM
From: Senator Edwin B. Erickson
To: All Senate members
Subject: Interactive Gaming in the Form of Online Poker
 
In the next few weeks I intend to introduce Senate Bill 1386, legislation that would authorize Interactive Gaming in the form of online poker. A recent study from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee found that Internet Gaming is a large new source of revenue that the Commonwealth could explore. This means more revenue to assist in the reduction of real estate taxes.

My bill will only authorize Internet Poker. Poker is unlike banking games in many respects that make it best for the introduction of interactive gaming. Poker operators are not participants in the games and are indifferent as to the outcome. Additionally, many Pennsylvania residents participate in illegal and unregulated poker sites. Establishing a strong regulatory framework under the Gaming Control Board will assist in shutting down these illegal sites and enhance consumer protection for our gaming residents.

Specifically my bill will do the following:
  1. Require all internet poker to be conducted under the current gaming licensees.
  2. Require a licensing fee of $5 million per license.
  3. Tax all gross interactive gaming revenue at 14%
  4. Includes a Bad Actor Language which would exclude those who violated the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006.



Introduced as SB1386