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Pennsylvania House passes online gaming legislation

23 June 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with 1.2 million members nationwide and more than 25,000 PPA advocates in Pennsylvania, today applauds the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the passage of a bill to license and regulate Internet poker and other forms of online gaming in the state.

"It is about time - this legislation is long overdue! Pennsylvanians deserve robust consumer protections and today the Pennsylvania House delivered," said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. "Additionally, this legislation will create jobs and help the Commonwealth close its budget gap. This commonsense legislation is a win-win for Pennsylvania. The online poker community urges the Senate and Governor Wolf to act swiftly to approve this measure."

Long a supporter of regulated online poker in the commonwealth, the PPA advocated in support of this legislation and urged its members to raise their voices within the state. As a result, PPA's members reached out thousands of times via the media, social media, and direct emails and phone calls to the state's lawmakers urging them to pass this bill. Today's vote marks a critical milestone in our efforts to pass legislation which protects consumers online and provides a fair platform for players to enjoy the game of poker online.

"Today's vote is a great step forward not just for our members, but for all Pennsylvanians. It is time that this legislation be made into law so all of the state's residents can benefit from online consumer protections," continued Pappas.

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