Pa. House committee advances major gambling bill

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 19, 2015 2:59 AM

This Jan. 31, 2014 photo shows a losing game of Internet Texas Hold-Em being played on a computer screen in Atlantic City NJ. On Feb. 20, 2015, New Jersey gambling regulators began allowing people to go online to sign up for a self-exclusion list for Internet gambling. They previously had to create an account with one of the online sites or sign up in person at a state office or racetrack. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

(Harrisburg) -- A state House committee is advancing legislation that would authorize the third major gambling expansion in six years, including allowing Internet-based gambling through the state's casinos and slot machines at airports and off-track betting parlors. 

The House Gaming Oversight Committee voted 18 to 8, but the bill's ultimate fate remains uncertain. 

Under the bill, casinos wanting to start Internet gambling portals would have to pay a one-time license fee of $8 million.

The state would impose a 14 percent tax on profits for the state treasury and another two percent tax for local economic development or civic improvement projects.  

Meanwhile, the bill would allow slot machines at off-track horse-racing betting parlors at least 50 miles from a casino and at the state's six international airports.  

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