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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.

Alabama Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Throttled to Death on Senate Floor

Alabama DFS bill fails to change Luther Strange’s 2016 opinion

Alabama’s daily fantasy sports bill went down in flames in the State Senate on Wednesday. Despite being unanimously approved by the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee earlier this month, Senator Paul Sanford’s bill didn’t even make the vote yesterday – a fate that has befallen both of the dogged senator’s previous attempts to legalize DFS…Read More

Delaware Governor Gives Assurance on Tax Relief as Casino Bill Put on Ice

Governor John Carney open to Delaware casino tax relief

Delaware’s proposal to slash tax rates for its three struggling casinos has been put on hold, following assurances from Governor John Carney that his administration is open to changing the tax structure to preserve casino jobs. Carney says he wants to know the exact cost to the state’s coffers before he gets behind the proposal….Read More

Connecticut Commercial Casino Projects Won’t Jeopardize Tribal Compacts, Says State AG

Connecticut casino gambling East Windsor

The Connecticut commercial casino market can get a new jolt, attested the state’s Attorney General George Jepsen earlier this week. He told legislators that operators who want to open up shop in the state can explore that possibility without it jeopardizing two existing tribal gaming compacts. In written testimony, the attorney general told the Public…Read More

Cambodia Hopes Reforms Will Fuel Billions More Foreign Investment in Casino Industry

Cambodia casino

Cambodia plans to pass gambling reforms to attract more foreign investment into its thriving casino industry as it seeks to promote itself as a major gambling hub in East Asia. The reform package is expected to pass after forthcoming general elections, in which the main opposition party is, incidentally, prohibited from standing. It would create…Read More

Kansas Casinos Take Aim at MLB and NBA Sports Betting Integrity Fee

Kansas sports betting bill debated by MBA’s Bryan Seeley

Kansas casino operators clashed with Major League Baseball at a hearing of the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The committee had met to discuss and hear testimonies on HB 2752, legislation that would legalize sports betting at Kansas’ casinos, should the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling make it expedient to do so….Read More

Melco Resorts Billionaire Lawrence Ho Predicts Japan Casino Bidding to Commence in 2019

Lawrence Ho Melco Japan casino

Lawrence Ho says his Melco Resorts, one of six licensed casino operators in Macau, is readying to make its case to Japanese lawmakers as to why the company is best suited to receive one of the expected gaming permits in the Land of the Rising Sun. But the billionaire doesn’t expect the competitive bidding to…Read More

Pennsylvania Online Gambling Market to Launch Before Year’s End

888 CEO Itai Frieberger Pennsylvania online gambling

Pennsylvania is on schedule to launch its online gambling market before the end of the year. That’s the latest from the executive director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), Kevin O’Toole, who told the House budget hearing that applications for licensing would begin next month, as expected. The state began accepting applications for daily fantasy…Read More

Florida Gambling Legislation Dead for 2018, Power Might Soon Be Delivered to the People

Florida gambling legislation Seminoles

Florida gambling legislation is once again being shelved after Sunshine State lawmakers failed to come to new terms with the Seminole Tribe. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars are at stake, and a constitutional ballot referendum question will be put before voters in November that could strip the Florida Legislature of their gambling lawmaking powers,…Read More

Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Bidding Stalls, No Proposals Received During Fifth Auction

Pennsylvania satellite casino auction

No satellite casino bids were presented at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) Friday auction. Postponed from Wednesday due to a snowstorm, the state’s six qualified remaining bidders opted against submitting proposals for the gaming facilities that are permitted to house up to 750 slot machines and 40 table games. The minimum bid is $7.5…Read More

Florida Parimutuels Plan to Match Seminole Cash in Slots Deal with State

Florida parimutuels

A consortium of Florida parimutuels is seeking to challenge the Seminoles tribe’s stranglehold on casino gaming in the state by offering lawmakers the one thing guaranteed to make them sit up and take notice: cold, hard cash. According to industry insiders who spoke to Florida Politics early Wednesday, the group is working on a plan…Read More

New York State Legislator John Bonacic Introduces Bill to Regulate Sports Betting

New York sports betting

New York State has joined the list of those waiting to introduce a sports betting bill, should the Supreme Court rule in a way that overturns the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The latest piece of legislation was introduced by State Senator John Bonacic (R-Mount Hope). As the chairman of the Senate Racing…Read More

Nevada US Congresswoman Dina Titus Urges DOJ to Leave 2011 Wire Act Opinion Alone

Donna Titus DOJ Wire Act

US Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nevada) is calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to preserve the 2011 Wire Act opinion made by the federal agency that essentially allowed individual states to determine their own internet gambling laws. While there’s been no indication from the DOJ that the agency is considering reviewing the seven-year-old decision, parties…Read More

Nevada Casinos, Marijuana Industry Can Be Convention Buds, as Long as Attendees Don’t Gamble

Nevada casinos marijuana conventions

Nevada casinos should continue to stay away from most things that involve the marijuana industry, but at this week’s Gaming Policy Committee (GPC), the panel recommended that resorts be permitted to host conventions related to pot, which has been legal in the Silver State, both recreationally and medicinally, since July 2017. In what was likely…Read More

East Windsor Connecticut Casino Won’t Open Until Late 2019, and That’s a Win for MGM Resorts

East Windsor casino Kevin Brown

Connecticut’s $300 million East Windsor satellite casino will not open until at least late 2019, and that’s wonderful news for MGM Resorts. On Monday, demolition began on a former movie theater that currently occupies part of a 26-acre site where the casino is to be built. Connecticut’s two Native American tribes, the Mashantucket Pequot and…Read More

MLB’s Rob Manfred Takes Swing at West Virginia Sports Betting Bill

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred disses West Virginia sports betting

Last Friday, West Virginia all but passed a bill that would legalize and regulate sports betting should the US Supreme decide shortly that individual states are free to do so. With the bill sailing through the House by a 77 to 22 vote, it will now head to the governor’s desk, bar a few rudimentary…Read More