Pennsylvania House advances expansion of betting

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives gave preliminary approval recently to a proposal to legalize online wagering and permit slot machines in airports and off-track betting sites, a plan supporters say could generate $250 million a year in revenue.  The bill, which also would regulate and tax fantasy sports contests, still needs final approval by the House and in the Senate, where its fate is not assured.  Proponents hailed it as a key step as the fiscal year comes to a close and the new fiscal year begins without a budget deal yet in place.  Among other things, the measure would let casinos licensed here also take online bets from gamblers in Pennsylvania, mirroring laws enacted by other states, including New Jersey.  


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