The state of Pennsylvania is one that has been on the radar as one of the next states in the US interested in offering online poker gaming. The state has seen studies completed and discussions conducted to try and determine how to bring the option into the state. State Senators of Pennsylvania Bob Mensch and Edwin Erickson just introduced a new piece of legislation titled Senate Bill 1386 which will see the option allowed in the state.
The language of the bill would see the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board working with the Department of Health in the state working together to regulate online poker. It makes perfect sense for the state of Pennsylvania to offer online gambling as they have been at the forefront of the gaming industry in the US. The state is currently in second with gaming revenues just after Nevada. Many legislators are worried that if they wait too long to become involved in online gambling, the state will be left behind.
The new legislation is like other bills in neighboring states which will give licensed gaming companies the ability to operate and control interactive games. These companies would also be able to partner with vendors who can provide online poker gaming software. The vendors cannot be used for branding purposes and license holders will have to be tied to the sites and their marketing campaigns.
In the US, it is common for the online gaming bills to have a bad actor clause. In Pennsylvania, the bill states that operators who offered real money games after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 was effective will not be able to operate in the market. The cutoff date is December 31st 2006 so if a company operated during that time, the state will not allow the companies to become involved with online gaming if the bill is passed.