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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.

UK Lawmaker Opens Inquiry into Loot Boxes in Video Games

Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box

A member of parliament in the United Kingdom has opened an inquiry into the practice of including “loot boxes” in video games, further intensifying the growing scrutiny over whether these transactions need to be regulated as gambling. Labour MP Daniel Zeichner, who represents Cambridge, submitted two questions to Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for…Read More

Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture Delays Unveiling of Grand Casino Plan

Wakayama prefecture delays casino plan

Japan’s Wakayama prefecture will delay the announcement of its “Master Plan” for an integrated resort until March due to the forthcoming general election, the regional government said this week. The prefecture is determined to be a part of a future casino industry, despite the likelihood that a limited number of licenses will be issued which…Read More

Lawrence Ho’s Melco Resorts Boasts Japanese Relationships in Casino Resort Bid

Melco Resorts Lawrence Ho Japan casino

Melco Resorts and Entertainment, a casino resort developer headquartered in Hong Kong, is trying to convince lawmakers in Japan that it has long been a close friend of the Asian country. Melco officials are campaigning to land one of two expected integrated casino resort licenses. In a press release issued this week, the corporation explained…Read More

Bettor Racing Loses Spat with NIGC and Tribal Casino, Goes into Liquidation

Bettor Racing Goes Into Liquidation

Bettor Racing Inc, the South-Dakota-based advance deposit wagering (AWD) and off-track betting operator, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation) after losing its fight with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), prompting fears among its customers over the safety of their funds. The company mainly dealt with high-end customers and so the amount of money…Read More

Disney Wants Voters, Not Politicians, in Charge of Florida Casino Expansion

Disney Florida casinos expansion

Disney, Florida’s largest employer, is leading the campaign effort to strip state legislators from having the power to decide whether to expand casino gambling in the Sunshine State. Last month, Disney Worldwide Services, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, made three donations totaling $575,000 to a political committee called Voters in Charge. The group,…Read More

Maryland Casinos Tell Lawmakers to Back Sports Betting

Maryland State Delegate Frank Turner lukewarm about sports betting

In December, the US Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing New Jersey’s plight to repeal PASPA, the law that forbids sports betting at a federal level. The upshot is, there’s a very real chance that states could be granted the right to legalize sports betting within their own borders. Representatives of Maryland’s six casinos…Read More

Georgia GOP Governor Hopefuls Stand United in Opposition to Gambling

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle

They might not have agreed on much, but the four leading Republican candidates for governor of Georgia were in unison about their opposition to casinos. Participating in an election forum on Saturday, all four in the Georgia GOP quartet voiced their commitment to resisting efforts to expand gambling in the Peach State. Lt. Gov. Casey…Read More

Massachusetts Lottery Could Become Sixth State Lotto to Go Online

Massachusetts Lottery online sales

The Massachusetts Lottery is worried that neighboring New Hampshire’s legalization of online keno will hamper sales, and that’s why numerous state senate candidates are backing efforts to also enact internet lotto scratch offs and games. Before she resigned from her seat this year to take a position on the Cannabis Control Commission, Massachusetts State Senator…Read More

New Jersey Sports Betting Appeal Goes Before US Supreme Court in December, Billions Lie in the Balance

sports betting US Supreme Court

The New Jersey US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that says the Garden State doesn’t possess the right to sidestep a longstanding federal law on sports betting will get a fresh look on December 4. At that time, the United States Supreme Court will review the appeals court’s earlier decision preventing New Jersey’s horse racetracks…Read More

Bill to Promote Safety on Indian Casino Reservations Introduced as Tribal Operators Forced to Defend IGRA

Senator John Hoeven introduces bill to promote Indian casino safety

The US Senate Indian Affairs Committee (IAC) introduced a bill Thursday that seeks to strengthen public safety on tribal reservations, addressing concerns that Indian communities experience some of the highest crime rates in the US, according to federal data. The bill, introduced by IAC chairman, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), is co-sponsored by Senators John McCain…Read More

Elk Grove Casino Signed Off by California Governor, Opponents Demand Summary Judgement 

Governor Jerry Brown signs Elk Grove casino compact

California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill ratifying a compact between the state and the Wilton Racheria Tribe of Milwok People that authorises the tribe to build a $400 million casino in Elk Grove. Also, today, it emerged that the casino’s opponents had filed a motion for a summary judgement that seeks to…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Brings in David Beckham to Promise $10 Billion Spend in Japan

Las Vegas Sands David Beckham

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is reaffirming its earlier commitment to spend upwards of $10 billion, should they receive one of the two integrated casino resort licenses in Japan. At a conference in Tokyo this week, LVS President Robert Goldstein explained that the potential venue would be much more than a casino and hotel, but also…Read More

Pennsylvania Budget Deal Falls Apart, But Gambling Expansion Remains Point of Consensus

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf frustrated over budget deal collapse

Optimism that the Pennsylvania legislature could get a budget deal done this week was high, right up until the point when proceedings collapsed completely on Wednesday. With negotiations once again lying in tatters, there will be no movement on gambling expansion, which includes online gambling, at least not for now. So, what happened? Until this…Read More

At G2E 2017, AGA Vows to Lobby for Nationwide Sports Betting, Lowering Jackpot Tax Threshold

Geoff Freeman promises AGA “offense” at G2E

The American Gaming Association (AGA) unveiled its new strategic plan at the opening session of 2017’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Sands in Las Vegas on Tuesday. At the forefront of “Strategic Plan 2020” is the legalization of sports betting and the repeal of PASPA, the federal law that prevents states from regulating sports…Read More

Pennsylvania Budget Deal Reportedly Close, State to Authorize Rural ‘Mini-Casinos’

Pennsylvania budget gaming expansion

The $32 billion Pennsylvania budget that Governor Tom Wolf (D) allowed to pass without his signature in late June is underfunded by $2.2 billion, and it now appears the odds are fairly strong that some sort of gaming expansion measure will be used to partially cover the shortfall. State lawmakers are back in the Harrisburg…Read More