Legal Updates from Around the U.S.
By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
We have a winner…
Its official, Washington D.C. has become the first jurisdiction in the United States to offer legalized online poker.
We’ll believe it once it’s offered, but the District of Columbia has passed a bill that has slipped through the cracks of the conservatives and found itself legal. With this ruling we now have a test case for other states to follow in their pursuits to allow online gaming on efforts to increase revenue for their states.
The district has cited many of the same reasons for bringing poker to the mainstream as others have, of course, the primary reason is money. But in this business, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Bill Fails in Hawaii
A bill proposed in Hawaii legislation last month failed to get a public hearing before last Friday’s deadline for bills to advance, effectively killing any chances for it to move forward this year.
While the bill passed committee last month, there wasn’t enough public interest to have it move forward according to Marcus Oshiro, the Finance Committee Chairman.
Opponents were pleased with the non-move.
“Legalized gambling would introduce an undesirable element to our islands, and would have a highly detrimental effect on the tourist industry,” Dianne Kay, the president of the Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, said on Monday.
Currently, Hawaii and Utah are the only two states that don’t offer any form of legalized gambling.
Showdown in Nevada?
Nearly simultaneously, the legislature in Nevada took steps to approve online poker while the governor spoke out against it.
Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval said that he was in favor of a federal solution rather than having the future of online gaming decided on a state-by-state basis.
But there’s one catch, it’s looking like state congress will be against him. A panel approved the bill that would allow the state to allow legalized online gaming. The bill has gained momentum since its inception earlier this year. It might come down to which side of the fence has more money.
Stay tuned to the RakeBack.com news page for more details as they become available.