New PA law on sports pool betting raises dispute

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 30, 2014 10:16 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania law that took effect this week is causing a pre-Super Bowl dispute between a state senator and the state police over whether charitable and volunteer clubs can legally operate small betting pools on the NFL title game.

State Senator Lisa Boscola is challenging the call by state police that the betting pools remain illegal under federal law.

Boscola argues the legislation signed into law in November was fashioned to get around a sports betting prohibition in the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says pools are not a major enforcement priority, but troopers will issue citations when they run across them.

The law says licensed volunteer clubs can run sports betting pools for up to 100 people if all proceeds go toward prizes.

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