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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.

Sports Betting Legalization as Polarizing as National Politics, New Poll Finds

sports betting legalization Donald Trump

Sports betting legalization is on the minds of many state politicians across the country, and gaming companies are licking their chops at the potential prospect of taking bets on pro and college sports. But the topic of ending sports gambling prohibition in the United States and repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)…Read More

Marijuana Ban Enforcement Could Be Back on, says Sean Spicer. Will Online Gambling Be Next?

Sean Spicer warns of marijuana crackdown

The Trump administration’s preparedness to crackdown on recreational marijuana use could have ominous overtones for regulated online gambling in the US. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fired a warning shot to the eight states that have decriminalized the use of the drug recreationally, emphasizing that they shouldn’t expect the leniency exercised by…Read More

Third Connecticut Casino Announcement Has All Ears Piqued in Northeast

Connecticut casino MGM Springfield

A planned Connecticut casino will reveal its targeted location for construction in the coming days, and the impending announcement has the ears of all vested gaming interests operating in the northeast. The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Native American tribes are working together to bring the Constitution State a third casino venue. The joint venture is in…Read More

Florida Gambling Bills At Odds with Each Other Enter State Senate and House

Seminole tribe florida gambling bills

Two Florida gambling bills are making their way through the chambers of the state legislature, but the pieces of legislation contradict each other and have different goals in mind. The House gaming legislation, authored by Rep. Mike La Rose (R-District 42), who also chairs the chamber’s Tourism & Gaming Control subcommittee, is trying to keep…Read More

Casino Developers Will Have to be Patient on Japanese Regulation, Says Analyst

Japan casino regulations will have to wait till fall, says Grant Govertsen

Global casino operators are bending over backwards to get a piece of the future Japanese casino industry, but they may have to wait just a little bit longer. The Japanese Diet passed its Integrated Resorts Promotion Bill in December, after years of mulling the issue, paving the way for the opening up of a market…Read More

Idaho Anti-Slot Legislation Fails to Hit the Jackpot

Idaho Rep Tom Loertscher’s anti-gambling bill

A bill in the Idaho legislature seeking to prohibit electronic gaming machines at the state’s tribal casinos received a pounding this week from state AG’s office. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, tribes have the right to offer class II gaming, defined as bingo and non-”house-banked” card games like poker, without permission from…Read More

Aussie Politician on Online Poker: “Screw the Government, Get a VPN”

Senator David Leyonhjelm joins fight for online poker in Australia

If Australia’s online poker players are unable to convince politicians to call off a proposed ban on online poker, they should “screw the government,” get themselves a “VPN and and an offshore account,” and carry on as they were. These are the words of Liberal Democratic Senator for New South Wales David Leyonhjelm, a libertarian…Read More

Canada Daily Fantasy Sports Expected to Remain Unregulated

Canada daily fantasy sports Justin Trudeau

Canada daily fantasy sports (DFS) players aren’t necessarily blocked by any federal statute from participating in the online contests, but they also aren’t explicitly authorized to place financial incentives on the games. Led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Parliament has shown little interest in tackling the legality of the growing DFS industry. Unfortunately for Canadians looking…Read More

Nevada AG Adam Laxalt Mulling Gubernatorial Run, No Friend to Online Gambling

Adam Laxalt Nevada governor

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is reportedly preparing a run for the Republican slot as a contender for next governor of the Silver State. Current Governor Brian Sandoval (R) will be forced out of office when his second term comes to a close in early January of 2019. The state’s GOP and the national caucus…Read More

California Mulls Latest Online Poker Bill, with Plenty of Ifs, Ands, or Buts

Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer AB 1677 California online poker

The California online poker legislative push is back from the dead, and so is State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Saywer (D-59th District) and his bill. Jones-Sawyer’s attempts to unite warring factions in the state’s gaming industry died in 2014 and 2015, along with his poker bills of those same years, but give the man credit: he doesn’t…Read More

Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Prepared to Spend $10 Billion in Japan, Asian Market Seen as Potential Cash Cow

Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas Sands Japan casino

Sheldon Adelson and his Las Vegas Sands (LVS) casino empire says they’re ready to invest up to $10 billion on building a resort in Japan, should the country legalize the market. LVS is known for its famed Venetian and Palazzo properties on the Las Vegas Strip, but the company is much more heavily invested in…Read More

Pennsylvania Casinos Could Receive Substantial Tax Credits for Local Host Share Payments

Pennsylvania casinos tax credits

Pennsylvania casinos are required to pay $10 million annually to their host communities, or two percent of their yearly gross gaming revenue generated from slots, according to a recent report in The Morning Call, a news site that covers the Lehigh Valley region. No casino in the Keystone State has ever collected $500 million in a single…Read More

Minnesota Charitable Games Charitable to State Coffers, Not Actual Nonprofits

Minnesota charitable games taxes

Minnesota charitable games are used by roughly 1,200 nonprofits across the Gopher State as a way to grow revenue for the missions of their respective organizations. But the latest fiscal report on the legalized gambling sector shows that state tax coffers are getting rich, while the actual groups themselves are barely pulling in more money…Read More

Sorry, Under-21ers: Nevada’s Minimum Gambling Age Not Expected to Decrease

Nevada gambling age Jim Wheeler

Nevada’s minimum gambling age will likely remain at 21, despite Assemblyman Jim Wheeler’s (R-Gardnerville) efforts to slash the entry requirement to just 18. Passed in 1931, Nevada law has mandated that patrons wishing to gamble be at least 21 years old. Assembly Bill 86 would amend that order, but Wheeler seems to be spinning his wheels….Read More

Florida Gambling Expansion Reaches Impasse Between State House and Senate

Bill Galvano Florida gambling expansion bill

A new Florida gambling expansion bill is diametrically opposed to the wide-ranging gambling reform package proposed in the Senate by the influential lawmaker Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton). Galvano’s bill (SB 8) received unanimous backing from senators at its first hearing late last month. It’s a political confrontation that one gaming lobbyist called “the stand off…Read More