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Pa. House backs bill to bring gambling to internet, but not bars

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 23, 2016 4:06 AM
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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) -- The state House is backing a measure to expand gambling to the internet and airports, but it rejected a more sweeping expansion of casino-style gambling to bars.

The proposal  passed, 115-80, in a preliminary vote yesterday to allow gambling on websites and in airports.

It also would regulate daily fantasy sports betting.

An earlier vote to also authorize slot-machine-style gambling in thousands of bars failed by 37 votes.

Proponents say it would raise up to $270 million in license fees and taxes in an 11th-hour attempt at scrounging cash to help balance a deficit-plagued state budget.

A final vote was possible today, just seven days until Pennsylvania's fiscal-year deadline.

Its prospects are unclear in the Senate and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf's support isn't guaranteed.

Three other states allow online gambling.
 

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