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2013 Legislation Regarding Internet Gambling or Lotteries

12/20/2013

Online gamblingNew Jersey became the third state in the U.S. to authorize internet gambling in February of this year.  California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Texas are hoping to join Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and the U.S. Virgin Islands and authorize online gambling in their states in 2013. Nevada also enacted modifications to their internet gambling law to allow for interstate compacts, among other provisions.  Pennsylvania has introduced two bills this session, one that would provide for internet gambling and one that would prohibit it.  New Jersey introduced legislation late in the 2013 session regarding the ability to allow foreign jurisdictions to conduct internet wagering within the state.

Currently, Georgia and Illinois offer the sale of lottery tickets over the internet.  Florida and Massachusetts have introduced legislation to do the same and Illinois has introduced legislation authorizing further online lottery ticket sales.  Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma and Washington have also introduced legislation regarding internet gaming law.

Representative Peter King (R-NY) introduced the "Internet Gambling Regulation, Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Act of 2013" on June 6 that also would attempt to regulate online gaming on the federal level.

California

SB 51
Status: 1/10/2013 – To Senate Committee on Governmental Organization
Establishes a framework to authorize intrastate Internet gambling. Authorizes eligible entities to apply to the Gambling Control Commission for a license to operate an intrastate Internet gambling Web site. Prohibits nonauthorized gambling games. Provides application procedures and fees. Creates a related oversight fund. Requires a report by the Bureau of State Audits to the Legislature that would detail the implementation of this bill.
 
SB 678
8/19/2013 – From Senate Committee on Governmental Organization with author's amendments.
Authorizes the operation of Internet poker Web sites within the borders of this state. Requires the Gambling Control Commission to establish a regulatory framework for the licensure of eligible entities and the operation of Internet poker Web sites.

Delaware

HB 174
Status: 6/19/2013 – From House Committee on Gaming and Pari-mutuels: Reported without recommendation
Provides that a portion of the proceeds from the Internet table games will support harness and horse racing purses at the same percentages that they are supported by slots at the casinos.

Florida

HB 275
Status: 3/5/2013 – Referred to House Committee on Regulatory Affairs
Relates to state lotteries; authorizes Department of the Lottery to create and administer program that provides for sale of lottery tickets online.

SB 266
Status: 3/5/2013 – Referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations
Relates to state lotteries; authorizes the Department of the Lottery to create and administer a program that provides for the sale of lottery tickets online; authorizes the department to adopt rules.

Hawaii

HCR 223
Status: 4/12/2013 – Failed First Crossover Deadline – First Year of Biennieum
Requests the convening of a gambling task force to perform a social and financial analysis of legalized gambling in Hawaii.
Includes Internet gaming.
 
SB 768
Status: 3/7/2013 – Failed First Crossover Deadline – First Year of Biennium
Establishes the Hawaii Internet Lottery and Gaming Corporation for the purpose of conducting internet gambling in Hawaii; allocates proceeds to capital improvements at public schools and the University of Hawaii system, scholarships and educational loan repayments for medical students who practice in Hawaii for 10 years, support for the family practice rural residency program, watershed protection, and reduction and prevention of problem gambling.

Illinois

HB 1077
Status: 1/30/2013 – To House Committee on Rules
Creates the Internet Gaming Act; contains only a short title provision.
 
HB 1078
Status: 1/30/2013 – To House Committee on Rules
Creates the Internet Gaming Act; contains only a short title provision.
 
SB 1955
Status: 5/31/2013 – Rereferred to House Committee on Rules
Amends the Lottery Law; relates to the Internet pilot program; provides that after a study of the Internet Lottery Study Committee is delivered to the Governor, President of the Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and each of the members of the Study Committee, the State Lottery may offer draw-based games in addition to Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball through the pilot program.
 
Iowa

SSB 1068
Status: 1/23/2013 – To Senate Committee on State Government
Permits licensees authorized to conduct gambling games to apply for and receive a license to conduct internet wagering on poker; concerns definitions, is amended; defines internet wagering as a method of wagering by which a person may establish an account, deposit money into the account, and use the account balance for wagering by utilizing electronic communication; also defines internet wagering service provider as a person who has entered into an agreement to conduct internet wagering.

 
Louisiana

HCR 3
Status: 5/29/2013 – To Senate Committee on Judiciary B
Requests a study of the feasibility and practicality of authorizing Internet gaming in Louisiana.
 
Maryland

HB 486
Status: 1/30/2013 – To House Committee on Ways and Means
Allows a person to conduct a home game, which is a game of chance or skill involving wagering that is conducted in a person's home and allows a player to compete directly against one or more players; prohibits a home game from involving a player's use of an electronic device that connects to the Internet; prohibits a person from benefiting financially in any way, directly or indirectly, other than from the winnings accrued by participating as a player in a home game.
 
SB 272
Status: 2/26/2013 – To House Committee on Ways and Means
Prohibits the Director of the State Lottery Agency, unless authorized by the General Assembly, from adopting regulations that would allow a person to purchase a State lottery ticket through an electronic device that connects to the Internet.

Massachusetts

SB 101
Status: 2/15/2013 – Filed as Senate Docket 473
Relates to lottery online products.
 
SB 197
Status: 2/15/2013 – Filed as Senate Docket 1768
Relates to gaming.
Provides for the licensure to conduct gaming operations via the internet.
 
Michigan
HB 4531
Status: 4/10/2013 – Introduced
Prohibits sale of lottery tickets over the internet.
 
SB 294
Status: 4/10/2013 – Introduced
Prohibits sale of lottery tickets over the internet.
 
Mississippi

HB 254
Status: 2/5/2013 – Died in Committee
Creates the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2013; makes findings regarding the authority of the state to regulate lawful internet gaming, in response to certain federal laws and recent action by the United States Department of Justice; sets forth definitions that apply to the provisions of the act; provides a process whereby the Mississippi gaming commission may issue internet wagering permits to gaming licensees.
 
New Jersey

AB 2578
Status: 2/26/2013 – ENACTED
Authorizes Internet wagering at Atlantic City casinos under certain circumstances; includes gaming equipment; imposes a tax on Internet gaming gross revenues; relates to the investment alternative tax.

AB 4568
Status: 12/16/2013 – To Assembly Committee on Regulatory Oversight and Gaming
The bill authorizes the Division of Gaming Enforcement in the Department of Law and Public Safety to provide licenses to foreign casinos, casino rooms, or licensed casinos to conduct restricted foreign Internet wagering, which is Internet wagering based in New Jersey but which is restricted to persons who do not reside in New Jersey or the United States, to enable those persons to place wagers on casino games via the Internet.

SB 2930
Status: 7/29/2013 – To Senate Committee on State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation
Provides that equipment used in connection with the conduct of Internet gaming at Atlantic City casinos must be located at those casinos; permits such equipment to also be located at a facility in Atlantic City, other than a casino, that is secure, inaccessible to the public, and specifically designed to house that equipment, and where the equipment must be under the complete control of the casino licensee or its Internet gaming affiliate.

SB 3084
Status: 12/5/2013 – To Senate Committee on State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation
The bill authorizes the Division of Gaming Enforcement in the Department of Law and Public Safety to provide licenses to foreign casinos, casino rooms, or licensed casinos to conduct restricted foreign Internet wagering, which is Internet wagering based in New Jersey but which is restricted to persons who do not reside in New Jersey or the United States, to enable those persons to place wagers on casino games via the Internet.

Nevada

AB 114
Status: 2/21/2013 - ENACTED
Revises provisions governing interactive gaming.
 
Oklahoma

SB 955
Status: 4/9/2013 – From House Committee on Appropriations and Budget.
Relates to amusements and sports; relates to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Act; modifies the Powers of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission; provides that specified types of lottery games shall not be permitted by the board of trustees of the Lottery Commission; expands types of funds which may be made available in Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund.
States “[t]he board of trustees shall not permit the operation of any lottery game using a video lottery machine or any lottery game which is played using the internet without physical purchase of paper tickets from a lottery retailer on that retailer's premises.
 
Pennsylvania

HB 1235
Status: 4/22/2013 – To House Committee on Gambling Oversight
Amends Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in general provisions; further provides for definitions, in Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board; further provides for general and specific powers, for slot machine licensee application appeals from board, for board minutes and records, for regulatory authority of board, for reports of board, for diversity goals of board, for Category 3 slot machine license, for supplier licenses and for manufacturer licenses.
Also provides for Internet Gaming.

HB 1404
Status: 5/15/2013 – To House Committee on Gaming Oversight
Amends Titles 4 (Amusements) and 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; further provides for general and specific powers and for gambling devices, gambling, etc.
Contains a provision that would prohibit Internet gaming. See attached memo.

Texas

HJR 141
Status: 3/20/2013 – To House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
Proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize online poker gaming regulated under federal law.
 
HB 3529
Status: 3/20/2013 – To House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures
Relates to regulation of certain online poker facilities under federal law.
 
SJR 43
Status: 3/18/2013 – Referred by Chair to Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters
Proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize online poker gaming regulated under federal law.
 
SB 1103
Status: 3/12/2013 – To Senate Committee on State Affairs
Relates to regulation of certain online poker facilities under federal law.
 
Washington

HB 1824
Status: 2/19/2013 – Public Hearing Scheduled
Reduces the penalty for a person conducting unlawful internet gambling in his or her primary residence for recreational purposes.



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