Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations
I have great news to share this week. Pennsylvania State Reps. George Dunbar (R), Rosita Youngblood (D), Dom Costa (D) and five others have introduced HB 392, which would license and regulate online poker, other forms of online gaming, and daily fantasy sports in their state.
The bill calls for an $8 million application fee and a $250,000 annual renewal fee for an interactive gaming license, and a $2 million application fee and a $100,000 annual renewal fee for interactive gaming operators. The proposed tax rate for online gaming operators is 14 percent of gross gaming revenue, with an additional two percent tax to go to host communities.
While similar legislation in Pennsylvania may not have passed into law last year, the state did take credit for the revenue and is already spending the money. This is good for us, as the legislature will have to find alternate revenue sources to make up the shortfall should they fail to pass online poker this time. In fact, this bipartisan bill is already on its way to a committee hearing next Thursday.
If you reside in the Keystone State, be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for more you can do to support this promising bill.
New Bill in New York
Last week, I shared the good news of New York State Senator John Bonacic’s introduction of S. 3898, which would authorize licensing and regulation of poker websites in that state. I have more good news regarding poker in the Empire State, as Assemblyman Gary Pretlow has introduced a similar bill for consideration in the Assembly.
A. 5250, like its companion bill in the Senate, is poker-only. It would permit up to eleven Internet poker licenses, each carrying a one-time $10 million fee for licenses good for ten years. Sites will be able to apply the licensing toward future taxes for a period of up to five years. The state would also take 15 percent of sites’ gross gaming revenues in taxes. Interstate gaming agreements, like the agreement currently in place between Delaware and Nevada, would be allowed under this bill.
Due in large part to tremendous activism from the poker community (calling, tweeting, emailing, etc.), an online poker licensing bill passed the full Senate last year 53-5, but time ran out before the Assembly could act.
If you reside in the Empire State, keep an eye on your inbox for steps you can take to support this important bill!
Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny Webcast
On this week’s show, PPA Director of Membership & PokerPAC Bryan Spadaro and I discussed Bryan’s work with PPA, the state of the poker fight at the state and federal levels, and poker activism. Please be sure to check it out.
Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in every Tuesday evening at www.ontiltradio.com.
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