HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A state House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would regulate Internet gambling in Pennsylvania and make other changes to the state gaming law.
Republican John Payne, chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, says the bill is not about authorizing Internet gaming.READ MORE: Segura 2 HRs, Nola Sharp, Phillies Beat Mets, Win 4th In Row
“No. Internet gaming is already occurring,” Payne says. “We’re not authorizing it, we going to regulate it. I want to protect the children and the compulsive gamer.”READ MORE: 2 Men Killed, 1 In Critical Condition After Shooting Inside North Philadelphia Deli
And, of course, Internet gaming would be a revenue generator for the state. But the bill as approved by committee is wide ranging. Also, among other things, authorizing the state’s racinos to put slot machines in off-track betting locations and allowing for slots gaming at six of Pennsylvania’s international airports, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.MORE NEWS: Man Shot To Death On Front Porch In North Philadelphia, Police Say
The committee voted down an amendment that would have allowed for video gaming at restaurants, taverns and clubs.