Illinois new York And Pennsylvania Are Coming To The Wire On Online Gambling

PA IL NY online gambling

The next few weeks loom as the biggest in the short history of regulated US online poker and gambling, with action expected in three states.
What’s on tap for online gambling bills
New York will decide whether to legalize online poker as the legislative session comes to a close next week.
Illinois could tackle an online gambling / daily fantasy sports hybrid bill during a special session before the close of the month.
The House and Senate in Pennsylvania will try to agree on an omnibus gaming bill that includes iGaming and DFS.

Not one of these bills happening is a certainty as we gear up for the home stretch. But we can take a minute to appreciate the fact that four different legislative bodies have passed bills that will legalize and regulate online gambling.

And we’re still waiting on the first new law to be enacted in the US in years.

New York online poker

The most recent activity we’ve seen is from New York, where a bill was advanced by the Assembly out of Wagering Racing and Gaming Committee on Thursday. It has at least one more committee stop before reaching the full Assembly.

But recent chatter cast doubt on the bill’s chances. Assemblymember J. Gary Pretlow is now suggesting the bill won’t leave the Assembly Codes Committee after running into some strong opposition in recent weeks.

That’s despite the fact that there was some optimism from state Sen. John Bonacic earlier this week. The state Senate approved the iPoker bill this week, repeating an action it took last year.

But last-minute shenanigans are a hallmark of the end of the NY legislative session. That was clear for gaming observers when a DFS bill was passed by the statehouse 2016. at the 11th hour in However, the Assembly has punted on online poker previously; now, it’s at least getting a late look.

The statehouse is scheduled to close up shop by June 21. We ought to know by then whether online poker has a chance of being legal in New York in 2017.

Illinois online gambling

Much like New York, Illinois, appears likely to come to the wire. And there’s also little sense of exactly what is going to happen in the state.

The Illinois Senate already passed an online gambling bill right before its scheduled adjournment in the end of May. That put the ball in the House’s court, although it deferred on taking up the bill in the time.

However, the House agreed to meet in continuous session, meaning bills not yet passed — iGaming included — were still in play. Now, Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered a special session slated to start on Wednesday as lawmakers try to end a budget impasse that’s been going on for more than two years.

Will the online gambling bill be in play? That’s not a certainty. But we do know that iGaming presents a opportunity for tax revenue that can at least put a dent in the state’s budget problems.

Pennsylvania online gambling

The PA House and Senate have passed bills that will bring poker and regulated online gambling to the Keystone State.

Last week, the House amended and approved the Senate bill, adding in contentious provisions to allow video gaming terminals in taverns. The Senate has so far stood pat on the bill, but action is likely coming soon, according to one key lawmaker.

The state legislature isn’t below the kind of hard deadlines the preceding states face. But still everyone would prefer to get a budget passed, trying to erase a shortfall estimated without quick action in the billions.

Online gambling is a possible answer for meaningful revenue in the state. However a wide gap exists between the Senate and House versions of the bill, and there are many outcomes in play.

What’s going to happen for online gambling?

Will Pennsylvania, Illinois or New York reach the finish line for iGaming? No one knows if you don’t have a functioning crystal ball.

But after so much progress in 2017, it’d be a disappointment if not one of the three joins New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware will legal iGaming.

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