PA House Introduces Skill Game Legislation

A bill has been introduced in the state House would regulate and tax skill games in Pennsylvania. Last week, Rep. Danilo Burgos (D-Philadelphia) submitted House Bill 2075. which included bi-partisan support. This legislation is referred to as a companion bill due to matching verbiage of a bill that was previously introduced by Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) in 2023 as Senate Bill 706 (read more here).

The issue took on new life when Governor Shapiro proposed the taxation of the games as a new revenue source in Pennsylvania as a part of his 2024 state budget proposal. There is still a lot of opposition to be overcome for this legislation to become law. The casino industry in particular has opposed any legalization of skill games.

Previously this year, the Commonwealth Court upheld the current legality of skill games-agreeing with lower court rulings that the skill aspect of the games differentiated them from gambling as defined in the state’s gambling laws. The Attorney General has appealed that ruling to the State Supreme Court.