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Is Online Gambling Legal in Pennsylvania?
As of September 2014, online gambling has not been regulated in Pennsylvania. The state has, however, been steadily making progress towards legalizing the industry and is widely considered to be the next to do so in the US.
In April of last year, Representative Tina Davis introduced a bill that would grant the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos the chance to offer poker and casino table games online. Later in the year, lawmakers ordered a study which determined that online gambling would, in fact, be beneficial to the state.
In June of this year, a hearing to discuss the industry was held in front of the state Senate Committee on Community, Economic and Recreational Development, which was attended by executives from all facets of the gambling world. After that mostly positive meeting, a new iGaming bill was introduced by Senators Edwin Erickson and Bob Mensch.
While legislators slowly work towards regulation, Keystone State gamblers can still choose from a variety of fully legal betting options, including land-based casinos, horseracing tracks and the state lottery. Due to the fact that lawmakers have urged taking a “cautious” approach to regulating iGaming, many believe that a bill won’t be passed until at least 2015.