The Senate voted in favor of state Sen. Lisa Boscola’s proposal that would legalize small sports betting pools.
Boscola described the pools, which are often associated with events such as the Super Bowl or March Madness, as a "fun, spirited and harmless way to test one's knowledge and luck at sports.”
"These pools are available in nearly every social club you go to," Boscola said.
"Today's vote finally signals a willingness to legitimize an activity that many people enjoy and rightly assume is legal," Boscola said.
Under the legislation, volunteer organizations and clubs that have a small games of chance license may offer small sports betting pools if:
• The entry amount is $20 or less
• There are no more than 100 participants
• All pool proceeds are awarded to the contestants
The Northampton County lawmaker said she was disappointed that the amended bill did not include a provision in her original legislation that would have allowed a portion of the proceeds to be donated to a bona fide charitable organization.
The amended bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.