Iowa Hits Wall While Pennsylvania Floors It

Posted on: March 15, 2013, 05:31h. 

Last updated on: March 13, 2013, 03:30h.

Iowa’s recent move to legalize online poker appears to have fallen flat on its face as State Senator Jeff Danielson’s Senate Study Bill 1068, which would have legalized the online card game in the U.S. state, has failed to move forward.

“Iowa’s online poker bill did not make it past the committee calendar deadline this year in the Senate,” explained Danielson, who added that “the house did not express a willingness to pursue it if the Senate passed it again. Therefore, it will not be taken up this year”.

Seeing the importance of a regulated online poker industry in the Hawkeye state, the Senator went on to express that he will continue to “advocate for policy in Iowa that is thoughtful and responsible”.

“I still believe doing nothing by default does nothing to protect Iowa consumers or help our land-based casinos adapt to changes in business trends.”

But whilst moving forward appears to have hit a cement wall in Iowa, Pennsylvania is proposing their own legislation to join New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware in legalizing online gambling. In fact, it has been suggested that the legislation could be ready as early as this week.

Only considering operators that currently hold land-based table and slots licenses, the legislation, if passed, is expected to set license application fees at a hefty $10 million. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board would be given the task of investigating and approving all online gambling software and devices which would see the state of Pennsylvania receive 20 percent of the operators’ revenues through taxes.

Democrat Tina Davis is heading the bill which has been in the works since late last year, and is now set to go before the House Gaming Oversight Committee in Harrisburg where it must pass approval before going to the House of Representatives.

However, the House of Representatives has been geared more towards the anti-gaming side of things in recent years, so it’s difficult to predict whether Pennsylvania will hit the same immovable object as Iowa, or whether they will be the unstoppable force and be celebrating a triumphant move forward like New Jersey’s recent jubilation at the passed legislation.