Pennsylvania gambling expansion has been a focal point in Harrisburg for over a year, but late Wednesday night, the state's House of Representatives finally took action on the matter. The manner in which they did so, nevertheless, is being criticized by some lawmakers.
A 675-page Pennsylvania gambling expansion bill took simply hours to help make its way through the House of Representatives, causing some legislators to bristle at its fast passage.
Yesterday morning, House Bill 271 was introduced by State Rep. Jason Ortitay (Allegheny County) and co-sponsored by six other Republicans and one Democrat.
The measure seeks to expand gambling in greatly the Keystone State. HB 271 would place slots in airports and bars, authorize online casinos and daily fantasy sports (DFS), allow the lottery to sell internet instant tickets, and create sports betting laws in anticipation of any change to the existing ban that is federal.
At almost 700 pages, the all-encompassing piece of legislation would leave no already legal gambling option unaddressed, as far as where it can happen. It's no easy read, but just hours after its introduction, Republican House bulk leaders ushered it in for a vote.
In the final end, it passed narrowly, by a count of 102-89, with help blended across celebration lines.
' If you've all had the chance to read it, I do not understand how you did it,' was the wry observation from