Pa. GOP senators plan to introduce Internet gaming bill

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 4, 2015 2:55 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Wayne Parry

FILE PHOTO: An employee at Resorts Casino Hotel tries a touch-screen tablet device in the Atlantic City, N.J. casino's new Internet gambling lounge. The room is designed to help traditional casino customers sign up for and become more comfortable with Internet gambling.

(Harrisburg) -- Republican state senators are preparing to introduce legislation to allow Internet gambling. 

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and three other Republicans say in a memo to fellow senators the measure would allow existing Pennsylvania casinos to offer Internet gambling.

Players must be in the state and have a registered account.  

New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada allow Internet gambling. 

A Scarnati spokesman says the plan promises hundreds of millions of dollars for the state treasury, with the help of other provisions that let casinos expand traditional gambling offerings. 

Governor Tom Wolf's office says the Democrat is open to discussing Internet gambling legislation, but he doesn't view new gambling revenue as a replacement for higher taxes he's seeking to close a massive projected budget deficit. 

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