|Posted:||February 6, 2015 03:35 PM|
|From:||Representative Nick Miccarelli|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Legislation- Interactive Gaming -Online poker|
|In the near future, I will be re-introducing my legislation from the previous session (HB2297) 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. This 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 this bill will do the following:
Require all internet poker to be conducted under the current gaming licensees.
Require a licensing fee of $5 million per license.
Tax all gross interactive gaming revenue at 14%
Includes a Bad Actor Language which would exclude those who violated the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006.
Please join me in supporting this legislation.
Introduced as HB695