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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 13, 2015 12:03 PM
From: Representative John D. Payne
To: All House members
Subject: Cosponsorship: Payne - Interactive Gaming
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that would authorize Interactive Gaming in Pennsylvania. A recent study from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee found that Internet Gaming is a large new source of revenue from which the Commonwealth could benefit.

Developments in technology and recent legal decisions have created an opportunity to legalize interactive gaming as a means to further enhance and complement the benefits delivered by casino gaming, licensed facilities and the communities in which they operate.I Gaming has already been authorized in nearby states that directly compete with our current licensed casinos. Many Pennsylvania residents participate in illegal and unregulated gaming 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 gaming 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%
If you have any questions about the legislation, please contact Kelly Roth at 787-2684 or via email at kroth@pahousegop.com

Introduced as HB649