PA Legalizes Sports Betting & Now Waits for SCOTUS Hearing

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed HB 271 into law Monday, a piece of gambling legislation with provisions on hose racing, lottery, interactive (online) gaming, and which paves the way for PA to offer single-game sports betting on the outcome of professional and collegiate sports [pending an amendment to PASPA].

The bill proposes a staggering 34% tax of daily gross sports wagering revenue.

New Jersey has led the charge toward expanding single game sports betting outside the confines of Nevada, though 3 other states (Delaware, Oregon, and Montana) also hold exemptions from the 23-year-old federal law. NJ was blocked from accepting sports bets in their Atlantic City casinos after the major US pro sports leagues and the NCAA took them to court.

The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 4. In the event that the Supreme Court repeals PASPA, states would be free to draft their own legislation permitting sports betting. Pennslyvania has gotten a headstart with HB 271, which allows for the state to offer single game sports betting, permitted that there is no federal blocker.

View full HB 271 legislation.

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