Pennsylvania Hosts Online Gambling Conference

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Todd Wilkins

Pennsylvania Hosts Online Gambling ConferenceAn online gaming conference will be held in Pennsylvania today and tomorrow that will include participation from gaming industry leaders worldwide.

The World Regulatory Briefing USA will be attended by gambling regulators from a number of states, as well as representatives from Native American tribes and international jurisdictions associated with gaming. The two-day event will run from October 22-23 and will shine a spotlight on the state-by-state online gambling legislation that is currently underway in the U.S, the Business Journals reported.

Held at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City, the first day of the conference includes a panel of state legislators and gaming regulators from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Delaware. The panel will concentrate its discussion on the topic of When and How Can Online Gaming Be a Sustainable Revenue Generator for the State.

The second day of the conference, representatives from Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Jersey and California will consider online gambling as it pertains to Exploring Co-Operation Models between Regulators in the United States. What the participants hope to learn is how various states and jurisdictions will approach online gambling, said Kevin O’Toole, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s executive director.

O’Toole will be joined by the state’s Gaming Control Board Chairman William H. Ryan, Jr. and Bureau of Licensing Director Susan Hensel as representatives from Pennsylvania. That state does not currently have an online gambling bill on the table.

Pennsylvania Rep. Tina Davis, (D-Bucks County), proposed a bill in April that called for the Gaming Control Board to regulate online gambling in the state. The Pennsylvania House Bill 1235 never advanced past a House committee. It is highly possible that state lawmakers may re-visit online poker and gambling legislation sometime in 2014.

State officials are concerned that online gambling may reduce revenue at the state’s brick and mortar casinos, as well as cause a decline in revenue for the Pennsylvania Lottery. Pennsylvania currently ranks second in the U.S. in casino gambling revenue, trailing only Nevada. Sen. Kim Ward, (R-Hempfield), is considering sponsoring research to investigate how the state’s existing gambling revenue may be effected by the legalization of online gambling.

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