Different US States Respond to Online Gambling Legislation

03/02/2012
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

The recent Department of Justice statement that single states are now able to individually regulate online gambling within their jurisdictions has led to different responses across the United States.  Recently, Washington DC, Hawaii and Connecticut have each responded indicating a new trend that is sure to follow as 2012 begins to unfold. 

 

In Washington DC there has been a bit of a commotion regarding online gambling regulation in the past months.  A recent regulation was passed almost under the radar and the response from various legislators apposing online gambling has been quite strong.  Many felt that the law was passed without  proper examination and clarification.  For example, instead of making clear that the legislation included online casino games, the phrase "I-gaming" was used which proved to be confusing, almost misleading, among some members of the voting council.  As it stands now, the council is trying to repeal the law.

 

In Hawaii, the mood is a bit more lax with regard to online gambling regulations inside state lines. Currently, lawmakers are trying to convene a state regulations body called the Hawaii Internet Lottery and Gaming Corporation which would offer Hawaii residents the option to play chance and skill games online for real money.  This includes poker, casino games and lottery games.  This commission would be able to tender for services of different online gambling providers, providing that said providers have never marketed their products in the USA.  For Hawaiian gamblers, this open the market for some of the top online casinos to bid.

 

Connecticut, similar to Hawaii, is also moving in the direction to legalize and regulate online gambling activities within their state.  An informal discussion will take place with state representatives, senators and members of various offline gambling industries to discuss the issues surrounding online gambling regulation.  Governor D. Malloy seems to be taking a realistic approach to the issue saying, "Online gambling is coming to Connecticut whether we like it or not. "  The governors recommendation is to consider the changes that new legislation and the overall market will dictate and to be aware of them.

 

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