As Pennsylvania lawmakers prepare to begin hearings on bills that would legalize internet gaming in the state, a third iGaming bill has been introduced in the state House of Representatives. The new bill, sponsored by Rep. Tina Davis, is identical to the texts of another of her bills left to die in the 2013 legislative session. It would legalize and regulate only poker over the internet.
Davis’ bill, which has 11 cosponsors, joins another poker-only measure sponsored by Rep. Nick Miccarelli, and a bill authorizing a complete slate of online casino games sponsored by Rep. John Payne. All three bills are now in front of the House Committee on Gaming Oversight. Payne is the chairman of that committee, and Davis also sits on the panel.
Payne’s bill is likely to receive the committee’s first hearings, which were slated to begin with a public hearing on internet and mobile gaming on April 16. A second public hearing on iGaming is slated for May 6.