House OKs gambling expansion, casino tax bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Legislation heading to the state Senate would allow casino-style gambling in Pennsylvania on the internet and in the state’s six international airports, and reinstate a mandate that casinos pay tens of millions of dollars to host communities.

The House passed the bill, 108-71, before it adjourned until Nov. 14. It also would regulate daily fantasy sports betting. The future of the bill is unclear in the Senate, which is adjourned until Nov. 16.

The provisions to expand casino-style gambling previously passed the House in June, but stalled in the Senate.

Reinstating the requirement for a local share of casino taxes comes a month after it was struck down by the state’s highest court because it treated the state’s 10 largest casinos differently.

The Senate approved a similar provision Wednesday to reinstate the tax. But the House removed a Senate provision for it to expire on May 1, a provision that Senate officials had said would give them time to come up with a permanent solution.

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