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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.

“Gibraltar One Entity With UK”: EU Deals Body Blow to Gibraltar Online Gambling Industry

UK and Gibraltar are one entity says European Court of Justice

Online gaming hub Gibraltar should be treated as “one entity” with the UK in its freedom to provide services. That’s the opinion of the European Court of Justice, the highest court in the European Union, and it could have far-reaching consequences for the territory’s gambling industry, now and post-Brexit. The opinion, delivered Thursday by senior…Read More

Atlantic City Reinvestment Authority Focuses on Casinos Over Urban Development

Atlantic City reinvestment CRDA Margaritaville

The Atlantic City reinvestment board responsible for overseeing the city’s revitalization has spent a considerable amount of its budget on funding projects that benefit the resort town’s casinos. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) is a state-run organization that gained additional power in 2011 when Governor Chris Christie (R) signed a law to create the…Read More

Florida Gambling Bill Sponsor, State Senator Bill Galvano, Denies Conflict of Interest

Florida gambling bill sponsor State Senator Bill Galvano

Florida State Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), sponsor of the state’s new comprehensive gambling expansion bill, is under fire over failing to declare a possible conflict of interest. The Associated Press reported Thursday that Galvano recently worked for luxury real-estate company Turnberry Associates, the company that owns the historic Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. It’s believed…Read More

Ohio Expected to Usher in DFS This Year, Montana Moves on Restricted Version

Former Washington State AG Rob McKenna DFS

Ohio is “likely” to regulate daily fantasy sports (DFS) this year. This news was delivered, oddly enough, at the legislative hearing of a doomed DFS bill in Washington State this week, according to Legal Sports Report (LSR). In Washington, DFS is explicitly illegal, along with all forms of online gaming, not just to operate, but…Read More

MGM Resorts Gets on Power Lobby Bandwagon with New Washington, DC Office

MGM Resorts Washington DC office Harry Reid

MGM Resorts is adding a new presence in Washington, DC to its recently opened, and already very succesful, $1.4 billion National Harbor casino that’s just across the Potomac in Maryland. The gaming and hospitality company is expanding its power in the nation’s capital by opening up a new office for “policymaking,” which you can be…Read More

Vietnam Casinos Soften Policies on Allowing Locals to Play, But Only If They Meet Certain Income Levels

Vietnam casinos Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Two Vietnam casinos will soon be permitted to welcome locals, but those patrons will have to meet minimum income requirements before they can play. The day after Christmas, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc announced that the Vietnamese government was going to allow its own citizens to finally enter certain designated casinos. The Southeast Asian country…Read More

Florida Gets Giant Gambling Reform Bill to Chew On

Bill Galvano’s introduces mammoth gambling reform package

An ambitious new gambling bill, SB 8, presented to the Florida Senate this week by Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), proposes wide-ranging reforms that would include the expansion of slot machines into counties where they have voter approval. It would also permit pari-mutuel venues to run blackjack games, previously a preserve of the Seminole tribe, which…Read More

Georgia Voters Are Pro Casino, says Atlanta Journal-Constitution Poll

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston unsure about casinos despite public support

Georgia’s casino bill is expected to be introduced any day now by State Senator Brandon Reach (R-Alpharetta), reigniting the longstanding debate about legalizing casino gambling in the state. Reach’s bill will propose the authorization of up to five casinos and one new horseracing track. In order to pass this year, it would need the approval…Read More

Trump’s AG Pick Jeff Sessions “Shocked” by Regulated Online Gambling

AG nominee Jeff Sessions would “revisit” DOJ interpretation of wire Act

Jeff Sessions, the senator from Alabama and Trump nominee for attorney general, professed himself to be “shocked” this week by a 2011 DOJ legal opinion that paved the way for regulated online gambling in the US. Sessions was answering questions on Tuesday morning during his confirmation hearing, when online gambling opponent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-…Read More

Senator Ray Lesniak to Run for New Jersey Governor

Lesniak to run for governor of New Jersey

New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak (D-Union), a longtime champion of gambling in the Garden State, is to run for governor, and that could be good news for its chances on legalizing sports betting. “The final decision for me was I could not hold myself back,” Lesniak told shortly after filing the official papers, Thursday….Read More

Pennsylvania Readies New Online Gambling Bill

Pennsylvania State Senator Jay Costa to introduce new online gambling bill.

The Pennsylvania legislature is wasting little time in renewing its push to regulate online gambling after a near miss in 2016. State Senator Jay Costa (D-43rd) issued a memorandum this week announcing the impending introduction of his new online gambling bill, which uses last year’s HB 1887 “as its base.” The bill aims to help…Read More

Connecticut Casino Proposal Expected to Compete With MGM Springfield

Connecticut casino Dannel Malloy

Another Connecticut casino could soon be on the way should the state’s General Assembly approve a forthcoming proposal presented jointly by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes. The Native American groups are trying to make sure gambling revenue in the state remains there, and doesn’t flow north into Massachusetts where MGM Resorts is building a…Read More

Massachusetts Casinos Held at Bay in 2016, But Future Looks Buoyant

Massachusetts casinos 2016 Wynn Boston Harbor

It was a turbulent year for Massachusetts casinos. Legalized in 2011 through the state’s Expanded Gaming Act, five years later only one gambling venue is open for business. Massachusetts’ casino expansion law called for the authorization of three resort casinos in three distinct regions, plus a single slots-only parlor. The Plainridge Park Casino is the…Read More

New Jersey’s Open and Closed Casino Cases in 2016, and a Few As-Yet-To-Be Determined Battle Outcomes

Carl Icahn Closes the Taj and other dramatic moments in New Jersey gaming in 2016

Atlantic City’s casino industry began the year with a newfound spirit of optimism. The finances of the city itself may have been in disarray, but there was a sense that, with the closure of a quarter of its casinos over the past few years, the sector was now right-sized and it was rebounding. Ironically, this optimism…Read More

Politics and Gaming 2016: Who Supported Who, What, and Why

politics and gaming Sheldon Adelson Donald Trump

Politics and gaming intertwined on what seemed like a weekly basis in 2016. The casino industry’s biggest names took center stage in the highly dramatic political theater. Investigations and scandals added drama to the 2016 presidential race, and some of Las Vegas’ richest leaders were right there every step of the way. As the year…Read More