Pennsylvania House OKs gambling expansion bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is giving its final approval to a measure to expand casino-style gambling to the internet and airports.

The measure passed 114-85. It is part of a larger House plan to help balance a nearly $31.6 billion budget proposal that was awaiting a vote Tuesday in the chamber.

Pennsylvania’s fiscal-year deadline is Friday. The bill’s prospects are unclear in the Senate and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s support isn’t guaranteed.

The gambling measure won a preliminary vote in the House last week and would make Pennsylvania the fourth state to legalize internet gambling.

Republicans say the gambling expansion would raise $270 million in license fees and taxes to help balance a deficit-plagued state budget. However, Democrats say a more realistic figure is $200 million.

It also would regulate daily fantasy sports betting.

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