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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.

Connecticut Commercial vs. Tribal Gaming: Battle Continues in State General Assembly with New Bill

Connecticut casino East Windsor MGM

The Connecticut General Assembly has voted in favor of a public hearing to discuss a competitive bidding process bill that could lead to casino expansion. On Thursday, the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee voted 18-6 to hold the event in the coming weeks. The legislation to be discussed would allow commercial operators to…Read More

Las Vegas Sands Gaffe Hands Parx Casino Fourth Pennsylvania Satellite Venue

Las Vegas Sands Pennsylvania satellite

On Wednesday morning, Las Vegas Sands submitted what was thought to be a winning $9.9 million bid to secure a 15-mile radius in Western Pennsylvania’s Mercer County. But the state’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB) later determined that the targeted locale impedes on a previously authorized Category 4 satellite casino region won by Mount Airy #1,…Read More

South Dakota Legislature Mulls Extending Gambling Beyond Deadwood

Port Yankton casino proposal, South Dakota

South Dakota lawmakers will debate a bill this week that proposes licensing a casino in Yankton, a city of 23,000 people where the Missouri river meets the state’s southern border with Nebraska. If approved, it would be the first commercial casino authorized outside of Deadwood and would require a constitutional amendment, to be agreed to by…Read More

Kansas Sport Betting Bill Would Give All the Power to the Leagues

Kansas sports betting

A sports betting bill presented to the Kansas legislature this week would acquiesce to NBA and MLB demands for a one percent “integrity fee,” should wagering on their games become legal. Having apparently accepted that the United States Supreme Court will shortly overturn PASPA, the federal law that prohibits state-sanctioned sports betting, the two leagues…Read More

Japan Lawmakers Propose $19 Casino Entry Fee for Nationals

Japan casino entry fees

Casino odds are always stacked against the gambler, but what if you find yourself out of pocket before you’ve even touched a card or rolled a dice? The Japanese parliamentary committee tasked with developing a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino market is proposing just this. On Wednesday, lawmakers presented a motion to…Read More

Japan Casino Tax Could Hit 50 Percent, Operators Might Be Deterred by Excessive Regulatory Controls

Japan casino tax integrated resort

A Japan casino tax will be higher than gaming rates found in other parts of Asia, including Macau. It would dwarf those paid by Las Vegas casinos, where the effective rate is only 7.75 percent, and it could backfire on the country’s goals of building casinos to begin with: to expand tourism. According to The…Read More

Iowa Sports Betting Bill Passes House Committee Without ‘Integrity Fee’

Iowa sports betting law PASPA

An Iowa sports betting bill that doesn’t include a so-called “integrity fee” earmarked for the professional sports leagues recently passed the state’s House Government Oversight Committee. House Study Bill 592, first introduced by Rep. Ken Rizer (R-District 68), would permit the state’s commercial casinos to operate sportsbooks after obtaining the necessary permit. The first $1…Read More

Japanese Lawmakers Propose Restricting Casino Visits For Nationals

Lawmakers propose limiting visits to Japanese casinos

Lawmakers in Japan tasked with drawing up a framework of regulation for the country’s future casino market presented a plan on Thursday designed to restrict Japanese nationals’ exposure to gambling. Under the proposal, Japanese citizens and foreigners living in the country would be limited to three visits to casinos in one week and a maximum…Read More

MLB Presents Missouri with Sports Betting Bill

MLB sportsbetting

MLB, until recently a staunch opponent of regulated sports wagering in the US, has drafted its very own sports betting bill, which it presented this week to the Missouri legislature for consideration. Both MLB and the NBA are plaintiffs in the Christie v NCAA case, in which they oppose New Jersey’s battle for the right to…Read More

No Online Poker Bill in California This Year, Tribes Turn Against Sports Betting Instead

Reggie Jones-Sawyer not submitting California poker bill this year

California appears to have given up on regulating online poker, at least for 2018. Friday is the deadline for filing bills in the California legislature and thus far no champion has emerged to fight the cause. Perhaps that’s because the effort required to unite the state’s powerful but squabbling tribal operators over what regulation should…Read More

Seminoles Expected to Offer Compact Proposal Before End of Week

Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen discusses Seminole compact

Florida lawmakers have been locked in negotiations with the powerful Seminole tribal operator this week, as they try to thrash out a new gaming compact. Senator Bill Galvano, leading the negotiations, told The News Service of Florida he believes the Seminoles could come back with a proposed deal this week. “I believe everyone left that…Read More

Myanmar Plans to Legalize Casinos Amid UN Ethnic Cleansing Row

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar, formerly Burma, plans to legalize foreigner-only casinos. As reported by English language Burmese outlet Eleven Media, the news came out of the blue on Friday when minister for hotels and tourism, Ohn Maung, was asked in parliament whether the government was opposed to regulating casinos as a means to boost tourism and generate higher…Read More

Connecticut Congressional Delegation Seeks Federal Probe of DOI Over Tribal Casino

Connecticut casino East Windsor DOI

Four members of the Connecticut congressional delegation have asked the US Inspector General to investigate the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the agency’s inaction in regards to the state’s proposed gaming compact amendments with its two Native American tribes. The request stems from a legislative effort passed last year and signed into law by…Read More

Virginia Gambling Bill Passes Assembly Committee, Legislation Would Legalize Historical Racing Terminals

Virginia gambling bill historical racing

The Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee has passed House Bill 1609, a gambling measure that would allow the currently shuttered Colonial Downs horse racetrack in New Kent County to incorporate historical wagering machines at the facility. Located about 30 miles east of the Richmond capital, Colonial Downs closed in late 2015 after a license…Read More

New Jersey Voters Favor Atlantic City Retaining Casino Monopoly, New Poll Finds

New Jersey voters casino referendum

New Jersey voters do not want to end Atlantic City’s monopoly on casinos and allow gambling resorts to come to northern parts of the state. That’s according to a new poll paid for by Trenton’s Bad Bet, an anti-gambling group. Likely voters were asked about the ways they support increasing funding for the state. By…Read More