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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.

Illinois Gambling Expansion Bill Moves Forward, but Without a Casino in Springfield

Springfield Illinois casino Abraham Lincoln

It’s looking more and more likely that the state of Illinois will approve a measure to allow non-riverboat casinos in the Land of Lincoln. But it also looks like they will do so without Springfield, the state capital, included among the list of future gambling destinations. Senate Bill 7 passed the Illinois Senate 33-24 last week….Read More

Melco Resorts Owner Lawrence Ho Prefers Osaka Over Tokyo for Casino Destination

Lawrence Ho Japan casino gambling

Melco Resorts owner Lawrence Ho doesn’t feel that Tokyo should be the recipient of one of the two casino licenses expected to be issued by the National Diet later this year. Talking with Bloomberg this week, Ho opined that the world’s most populated metropolis doesn’t need a casino to attract people. Instead, the 40-year-old, worth an…Read More

Ohio Casino Employees Will Soon Be Able to Gamble In-State

Ohio casinos are about to gain thousands of new prospective players, thanks to the people who work for them. The Ohio Senate voted on Wednesday 32-0 to remove a prohibition on casino employees gambling in any of the state’s four casino gaming resorts. The current law, which went into effect shortly after Ohio voted to…Read More

Philippine Casinos Will Soon Be Forced to Abide by Anti-Money Laundering Laws

Philippine casino anti-money laundering

Philippine casinos currently operate without much financial oversight from the federal government, but the odds of that changing in the not too distant future seem strong. The Philippine Senate is expected to soon pass a measure that designates gambling venues as institutions covered by the country’s Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001. Should the legislation pass…Read More

Meadowlands Racetrack Owner Jeff Gural Patient Over North Jersey Casinos

Meadowlands Racetrack Jeff Gural casino

The Meadowlands Racetrack owner who campaigned to end Atlantic City’s monopoly on casinos in New Jersey last year says he’s now willing to take a wait and see approach before resuming his efforts. Talking at the East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City this week, real estate developer Jeff Gural explained his belief that Garden…Read More

Federal Sports Betting Ban Repeal “Discussion Draft” Introduced in House Committee

sports betting repeal PASPA Frank Pallone

A US sports betting ban currently on the books has been there since 1992, when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was signed into law by then-President George H.W. Bush. A quarter century later, New Jersey’s efforts to override that legislation have repeatedly failed in federal courtrooms. After numerous appeals, the Garden State…Read More

Soccer Generates Record £1.4 billion Revenues for UK Bookies

Soccer generates record revenue for UK bookies

Soccer yielded a record £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) in revenues for UK bookmakers in the full year from October 2015 to September 2016, according to figures released this week by the UK Gambling Commission. That resulted in all-time-high profits of £333.4 million ($432 million). The data comes as the sport and its governing body in…Read More

Pennsylvania Advances Online Gambling Bill, But Don’t Get Too Excited Yet

Pennsylvania senate chamber

The Pennsylvania Senate approved landmark legislation to legalize online gambling Wednesday. And now the hard part really begins. The measure passed on a bipartisan 38-12 vote. It marked the first time the Senate had advanced any online gambling legislation. But the move that matters to so many in the online gaming industry really was a…Read More

Nevada Seeks to Curb Lavish LVCVA Spending by Hiring Costly Inspector General

LVCVA spending Rossi Ralenkotter

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars each year, but has little financial oversight from the state on how its board members use those funds. Five Democratic lawmakers and one Republican in Carson City want to change that, by creating a new financial regulatory position that would supervise…Read More

New Jersey’s Sports Betting Plea Derailed, US SG Tells Supreme Court to Dump Case

US Solicitor General deals blow to New Jersey sports betting case

New Jersey’s battle to legalize sports betting within its borders may just have lost its wheels. On Wednesday, Acting US Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall informed the Supreme Court that there was no grounds for the court to accept the case. New Jersey had petitioned the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a ruling by…Read More

Connecticut Governor Sides with Tribes in Bid for Third Casino

Daniel Malloy on board with the Connecticut gaming tribes.

Issuing his first public comments about a controversial proposed casino site, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said he is prepared to support a plan that allows the state’s two tribal casino operators to jointly run a third. In an interview with the Connecticut Mirror on Friday, Malloy said the only realistic route casino expansion could take…Read More

New Jersey a Step Closer to Legalizing DFS as Game of Skill

New Jersey Assemblyman Vincent Matteo, sponsor of DFS bill

A bill that would classify Daily Fantasy Sports as a non-gambling game of skill sailed through the New Jersey Assembly on Monday, passing on a bipartisan vote of 56-16. If Assembly bill 3532 becomes law, it would not only legalize DFS in New Jersey, but also it would set up DFS to be regulated by…Read More

Pennsylvania Casino Tax Deadline Looms, as State Scrambles for Revenue Solution

Pennsylvania casino tax local share

The elimination of a casino tax in Pennsylvania is putting the state in a fiscal bind. With the 2017 session of the General Assembly ending this week, lawmakers must find at least a quick fix to the revenue woes they’ve known about since last fall, when the state Supreme Court ruled elements of the current casino…Read More

Arkansas Attorney General Nixes Casino Ballot Proposal, Again

Arkansas casino ballot Leslie Rutledge

A proposal to allow commercial casino gambling in Arkansas has been shot down by the state’s attorney general, saying the citizen-crafted referendum question is too poorly written to be taken seriously. In Arkansas, voters can initiate legislative challenges and propose laws and bills. Hot Springs resident Barry Emigh has been doing just that for years,…Read More

Japan IR Casino Plans Ice Out Rural Areas, Angering Smaller Municipalities

Shinzo Abe Japan IR casinos

The Japan integrated resort (IR) casino bidding process is likely to focus on its three biggest cities, coming at the expense of smaller rural towns. And that reality has some municipal governments up in arms, claiming they’re being shut out of what was supposed to be economic manna for the entire Asian island nation. Japan…Read More