Matzie commends gaming board’s swift regulatory response on sports betting

Board approved regulations just two weeks after Matzie letter

HARRISBURG, May 30 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today commended the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on its swift action in approving temporary regulations that will move the commonwealth one step closer to offering sports betting.

In a May 16 letter, Matzie urged the board to act quickly so that Pennsylvania – which already is positioned to offer sports betting – can compete with neighboring states also gearing up to offer such betting.

“I applaud the gaming board’s swift action,” Matzie said. “We called on the board just two weeks ago to act as quickly as possible in approving temporary regulations so the state could take advantage of legislation already in place. This was the intent of my letter: get the ball rolling sooner rather than later, so that the commonwealth can benefit from this billion-dollar industry. The board heard us and rose to the occasion.”

Last year, Matzie worked to ensure that language from his sports-betting bill was included in gaming legislation signed by the governor so that Pennsylvania would be competitively positioned to offer sports betting if and when it became legal. That happened earlier this month, when a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for states to offer sports betting. Days later, Matzie wrote the board, warning that neighboring states New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Delaware were also moving quickly to offer sports betting and that “every day that goes by without it here, is a day that those revenues go elsewhere.”

Although some additional regulations are needed before the state’s casinos can start offering sports betting, Matzie noted, today’s action clears the way for casinos to start applying for sports betting licenses.

“Thanks to the board’s speedy action today, we’re on the road to ensuring that this tremendous source of revenue stays here in the commonwealth, where it belongs,” he said.