(Jan 12, 2016)
HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said he was encouraged by constructive conversations at today’s House Gaming Oversight Committee hearing, which focused on a resolution he authored that would urge the federal government to lift the ban on sports betting.
House Resolution 619 would urge Congress to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which prohibits sports betting in every state except Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware.
"In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act has created more than 16,000 living wage jobs and produced more than $9 billion in revenues. It has been, undeniably, an overwhelming success," Matzie said. "It has demonstrated our ability to proficiently and responsibly oversee gaming in our Commonwealth. The time has come for the federal government to allow the state’s to make their own decisions on sports betting."
Currently, estimates of sports betting in the United States exceed $400 billion annually, with only 1 percent of those bets taking place in legal form.
"In this age of budget deficits and impasses, I don’t think we can afford to turn our head at any idea that can provide the state with sustainable revenue," Matzie said. "Congress lifting the ban wouldn’t force any state into allowing something they have no interest in, but it would give states an option to consider and explore. Until that ban is lifted though, the states that were not grandfathered into Read more