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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: September 22, 2015 03:42 PM
From: Representative Nick Kotik
To: All House members
Subject: Sports Betting in Casinos

In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that will legalize sports betting in our Pennsylvania licensed casinos. Sports betting is exceptionally popular in our state and it is going unregulated. The intent of this legislation is to provide our casinos with an alternative form of entertainment, while also, regulating a popular market.

A federal law, known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) has prohibited any state other than the states grandfathered (Nevada, Montana, Delaware, and Oregon) from passing laws to regulate operations in their states. For the last four years New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports betting hit a road block last month when an appeal was rejected by a three judge Third Circuit Court. However, officials are expected to ask the full Third Circuit to review the case.

My proposal would place Pennsylvania in a position to allow for sports betting by removing language from Title 4 (Amusements) that prevents wagers to be placed on any professional or amateur athletic event. The rules and regulations will be determined by the Pa Gaming Control Board.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation, as it is important that we regulated this market in our state.

Introduced as HB1627