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Old 03-07-2017, 01:21 AM   #1
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Pennsylvania poker legislation

Reps. George Dunbar (R), Rosita Youngblood (D), Jay Costa (D) and five others introduced HB 392, which would license and regulate online poker, other forms of online gaming, and daily fantasy sports in their state.

HB 392 calls for an $8 million application fee and a $250,000 annual renewal fee for an interactive gaming license, and a $2 million application fee and a $100,000 annual renewal fee for interactive gaming operators. The proposed tax rate for online gaming operators is 14 percent of gross gaming revenue, with an additional two percent tax to go to host communities.

While similar legislation in Pennsylvania may not have passed into law last year, the state did take credit for the revenue and is already spending the money. This is good for us, as the legislature will have to find alternate revenue sources to make up the shortfall should they fail to pass online poker this time.

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On March 7th at 2pm ET, the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and the House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold a joint hearing on online poker and other gaming issues. PPA Executive Director John Pappas will testify on behalf of the poker community on why the Keystone State needs to move forward on this important legislation.
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:22 AM   #2
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Re: Pennsylvania poker legislation. Hearing 3/7 at 2pm ET.

Today at 2pm ET, the Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and the House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold a joint hearing on online poker and other gaming issues. PPA Executive Director John Pappas will testify on behalf of the poker community.
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Old 03-07-2017, 12:00 PM   #3
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Re: Pennsylvania poker legislation. Hearing 3/7 at 2pm ET.

Ahead of today's hearing, the PA Senate introduced S. 477, which would license poker websites in that state: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...r=0477&pn=0484
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Re: Pennsylvania poker legislation. Hearing 3/7 at 2pm ET.

John's submitted testimony for today's hearing: http://theppa.org/static/pdf/Pappas_PA_03072017.pdf
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Re: Pennsylvania poker legislation. Hearing 3/7 at 2pm ET.

Today's PA hearing will be streamed, starting 2pm ET, at https://pcntv.com/channel-4
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Re: Pennsylvania poker legislation. Hearing 3/7 at 2pm ET.

Watched the last 30 minutes. In that part, it sounded like everyone in the room was wanting to get this done. The last guy that spoke mentioned a vgt bill, which I guess is the same as vlt. Is that a separate bill now that hopefully won't mess this up again?
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:33 PM   #7
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Re: Pennsylvania poker legislation. Hearing 3/7 at 2pm ET.

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Old 03-08-2017, 12:28 PM   #8
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Re: Pennsylvania poker legislation. Hearing 3/7 at 2pm ET.

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Watched the last 30 minutes. In that part, it sounded like everyone in the room was wanting to get this done. The last guy that spoke mentioned a vgt bill, which I guess is the same as vlt. Is that a separate bill now that hopefully won't mess this up again?
Yes. VGT is a video gaming terminal. We'll have to see if it causes problems again this time, but many lawmakers there do seem to want to get iPoker done this time.
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Re: Pennsylvania poker legislation

Watch the hearing archive at www.pasenategop.com/blog/2017/03/03/030717
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Re: Pennsylvania poker legislation

Any updates on this? I haven't heard anything in a while. I seem to be too dense to find this info via search.
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:22 AM   #11
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http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/...Body=H&Code=54

looks like there is another meeting this wed
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