DraftKings launches online sportsbook in PA

DraftKings launches online sportsbook in PA

While many eyes were on the general election this week, online gaming in Pennsylvania experienced a huge boost with the launch of PokerStars, the state’s first online poker site. Thursday, the daily fantasy powerhouse DraftKings’ online sportsbook goes live in the Keystone State.
 
Both sites were approved recently by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and went through soft testing windows earlier in the week. The commonwealth now has six online sportsbooks and four online casinos to compete with the dozen brick and mortar casinos.
Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
HDPC discusses next steps on RGGI

HDPC discusses next steps on RGGI

House Democratic Policy Committee members met Friday in Havertown to learn more about the state’s options with the regional greenhouse gas initiative Governor Tom Wolf (D) committed to last month.
 
Pennsylvania will join nine others, including three neighboring states, in placing a cap on carbon dioxide emissions and inducing power plants to purchase allowances based upon their emission levels through a common market. Wolf announced an executive order October 3 to enter the “cap-and-trade” program.
Friday, November 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Controller releases report on gun violence and property values

Philadelphia City Controller releases report on gun violence and property values

Flanked by state legislators and spiritual leaders, City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart (D) announced Wednesday a novel investigation into the financial cost of gun violence in Philadelphia.
 
Rhynhart’s office spent over a year investigating the effects homicides have on housing values throughout the city. The report came days after a two-year-old was killed and an 11-month-old was shot in separate incidents of gun violence.
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
City Council passes enhanced dumping penalties

City Council passes enhanced dumping penalties

The Philadelphia-Harrisburg relationship hasn’t always been the most symbiotic at times, with the General Assembly increasingly passing pre-emption rules, and harsh criticism on a variety of subjects coming the other way. Thursday, Philadelphia City Council passed legislation that might bring the sides together on a common cause.
 
Council unanimously passed a bill to increase dumping penalties, cracking down on those who leave garbage and industrial waste outside of properties and along streets, highways, or waterways to avoid paying to properly dispose it. The bill has been on the final passage calendar for a year after being introduced last fall.
Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Plan to defer community colleges costs near submission

Plan to defer community colleges costs near submission

Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) plans to introduce soon a bill that would help Pennsylvanians attend community colleges and graduate on time, while also filling job spots across the state in key industries and trades.
 
Pashinski introduced a co-sponsorship memo in April for his plan as an attempt to lessen student debt. Currently Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation, with the average citizen owing over $37,000 for student loans.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
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