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Legislation News

More and more jurisdictions are opening up to online gambling (and the US is finally waking up to the opportunity this offers to bring in taxes). So this category collates all the latest news to allow you to stay up to date on where online gambling (and offline) is legal and where it is not.

If a US senator is going to push a Bill forward, you’ll read it here. If Dubai suddenly opens its doors to live casinos, it will be here too. Justice might be blind, but by reading these stories your eyes will certainly be wide open.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Fighting for Native American Casino in Massachusetts, Planned for Non-Sovereign Land

Elizabeth Warren Mashpee Wampanoag casino

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren — who has been famously taunted by President Donald Trump for her claims of Native American heritage — is now pushing for authorization that would allow the  Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to build an integrated casino resort in Taunton, which sits about 40 miles south of Boston, via federal legislation. The…Read More

Japanese Diet Passes Casino Authorization Bill Despite Opposition Filibuster

Japan casino bill passes

Japan is set to open its doors to casino gambling following the passage of the Integrated Resorts (IR) implementation Bill on Friday in the House of Councillors, the upper house of the Japanese parliament. The passage follows approval from the House of Representatives, which came approximately a month ago. Longest Filibuster in Decades Fails to…Read More

Mount Airy Satellite Casino Extension Approved, Pennsylvania Operators Slow to Build Venues

Mount Airy Pennsylvania casino satellite

Mount Air #1 LLC, the parent company to its namesake casino resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, has received a two-month extension from state gaming regulators to finalize the location of its satellite casino. In February, Mount Airy was the high bidder at the third so-called “mini-casino” auction. The company offered $21,188,888.88 to secure the third…Read More

Arkansas Casino Campaign Receives Funding From Oklahoma Tribes

Arkansas casinos ballot question

An effort to bring Arkansas casinos is being heavily funded by two tribes based in Oklahoma. Campaign finance records show that the Quapaw Tribe and Cherokee Nation collectively poured $1.23 million into Driving Arkansas Forward (DAF), a committee pushing a constitutional ballot referendum to authorize four casinos. The Quapaw’s gave $707,000, and the Cherokee’s $525,300. The…Read More

Caesars Charm Offensive in Japan Borders on Political Bribery, Claims Local Media

Caesars Entertainment exec Jan Jones Blackhurst

Caesars Entertainment has been forced to defend its lobbying efforts in Japan after the country’s biggest weekly news magazine, Shukan Bunshun (SB), accused it of engaging in behavior that could be viewed as illegal political bribery. Shukan Bunshun revealed that for several years Caesars has been buying tickets to social gatherings, commonly organized by Japanese…Read More

Macau Legislators Pass First Draft of Gaming Worker Casino Ban, But Implementation Questions Remain

Macau gaming worker ban

Macau’s Legislative Assembly passed a first draft of a bill that would ban many gaming workers from entering casinos outside of work hours, but some lawmakers raised questions about how exactly the legislation would be enforced if it came into law. The first read of the bill will now send it to a working committee…Read More

Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Andy Beshear Makes it Clear: He Wants Casinos in Kentucky

Kentucky casinos Andy Beshear

Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear (D) announced he’s running for the state’s highest office this week, but the attorney general is already making major headlines for taking a rather controversial stance on casino gambling. During his Monday announcement that he’s entering the 2019 gubernatorial race, Beshear said he would support bringing casinos to Kentucky in…Read More

Japan Flood Disaster Threatens to Derail Casino Bill for 2018

Japan flood disaster

Japan’s Upper House is deliberating on a bill that will establish a framework for the nation’s impending casino sector. Lawmakers need to find consensus before the looming July 22 deadline for the end of the special legislative session, but a natural tragedy understandably threatens to distract them from the task, GGRAsia reports. At least 155…Read More

Japan Integrated Resorts Bill Now Has Full Support From Shinzo Abe and Coalition Partner

Japan Integrated Resorts Bill

The Japan Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill (IRIB) will be passed in the next month now that key officials, including Shinzo Abe and the Komeito party, have reaffirmed their commitment to bringing casino gambling to Japan. GGRAsia.com reported Wednesday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Komeito party leader Natsuo Yamaguchi agreed at a Tuesday meeting to…Read More

Meadowlands Racetrack Will Offer Sports Betting Earlier Than Planned in New Jersey

Meadowlands Racetrack

Bettors clamoring to place their wagers at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey won’t have to wait as long as they thought. Track officials have announced that the facility will start accepting its first sports bets on July 14. That’s one day ahead of the planned July 15 date which racetrack operator Jeff Gural announced…Read More

Hard Rock Remains Committed to North Jersey Casino Despite Atlantic City Investment

Hard Rock Meadowlands Atlantic City

Hard Rock International CEO Jim Allen says despite spending more than half-billion dollars in Atlantic City, the casino company remains interested in developing a resort in North Jersey. Hard Rock and Jeff Gural, owner of the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, partnered when New Jersey voters considered a ballot referendum in 2016 to change the…Read More

Delaware Racinos Less Taxed After Revenue-Saving Bill Passes State House

Delaware casinos get tax relief

Tax relief is finally coming to Delaware’s three struggling racinos, a decade after they first began appealing to lawmakers for help. On Thursday, the State House passed a bill that all but guarantees that the casinos’ tax burden will be slashed. The bill will shave one percentage point off the 43 percent the casinos currently…Read More

Macau Casino Crisis Shut Down Protocol Proposed Under New Bill

Typhoon Hato Macau casinos

The highest authority in Macau could soon be granted executive powers to shut down the gambling hub’s casinos in times of crisis. On Thursday, the Macau government launched a public consultation on a new civil protection draft bill. The aim of the bill is to help the government to respond more efficiently to “unforeseen public…Read More

Pittsburgh Pirates Want Cut of Sports Betting Profits to Fund Stadium Upgrades

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates are taking the concept of “integrity fees” to whole new heights as they seek to benefit from proceeds derived from new sports betting legislation to improve their stadium. In a letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), team President Frank Coonelly suggests that a cut of sports betting revenues should go…Read More

Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Under Construction for 2019, Currently Imposes Massive Taxes

Kentucky sports betting

Kentucky is going all out for a sports betting bill in 2019 amid a nationwide push for sports betting implementation after the recent PASPA ruling in May. On Monday, State Sen. Julian Carrol filed his sports betting bill (BR 29) early, in preparation for the next legislative session, which starts in September. The legislative session…Read More