Online Poker Legalization Update: March 2015
California lawmakers are taking W. E. Hickson’s advice to heart: They’re “trying, trying again” to ram an online poker legalization bill through the State Assembly and Senate. This attempt marks the 6th in which Golden State politicians have tried to pass an Internet gaming law – and several proposals are floating amongst the two houses.
Why are California’s officials grappling with the issue? And why do they keep revisiting the seemingly impossible? The answers: control and taxes, respectively. Since gambling is a highly regulated industry, lawmakers can’t compromise on who should have a bite of the online gaming pie. But, many politicians want to fill depleted state coffers with gaming tax dollars. So, despite the disagreements, they keep trying to pass a bill.
States That Allow Online Poker
In 2006, the federal government banned online poker. In 2011, it lifted the ban.
Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware already allow state-regulated online poker websites. Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Texas have all considered – or are currently considering – online gaming legalization.
Additionally, a First Nation’s tribe in California is operating a poker website exclusively for New Jersey residents.
Contact An Online Poker Lawyer
Since the federal online poker ban is a thing of the past, opportunities are opening in the online gaming space. If you’re considering an Internet poker startup and need the advice of an attorney, get in touch with Kelly / Warner Law. A pioneer in the field of Internet law, Kelly / Warner works with tech startups and entrepreneurs.