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2014 Internet Gambling and Lotteries Legislation

2014 Internet Gambling and Lotteries Legislation

Jonathan Griffin 3/25/2014

Internet Gambling Legislation

2014 Legislation Regarding Internet Gambling or Lotteries
Updated March 25, 2014

California and Mississippi hope to join Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and the U.S. Virgin Islands and become the fifth jurisdiction to allow online gaming.  Both have introduced legislation this year that would authorize online gaming within the state.  In addition, New Jersey has introduced a number of bills that would modify their existing online gaming laws.  Pennsylvania has introduced legislation to prohibit online gaming and Washington has reintroduced 2013 legislation to reduce the penalties for online gaming.

Colorado and Maryland have introduced legislation to prohibit internet lottery sales, while Florida and New Jersey have pending legislation that would authorize their states to conduct online lottery games. Minnesota has introduced legislation that would both permit and prohibit the play of lottery games on the Internet and West Virginia has introduced a resolution to study internet gaming and lottery.

California
AB 2291
Status: 3/17/2014 – To ASSEMBLY Committee on GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION.
Established a framework to authorize intrastate internet poker. Authorizes eligible entities to apply to the Gambling Control Commission for a 10 year nontransferable license to operate an intrastate internet poker web site offering the play of authorized inter poker games registered within the state. Provides unlawful activity in regards to such activity and provides violation is a misdemeanor. Requires the adoption of related regulations. Provides the application and fee process.

SB 1366
Status: 3/13/2014 – To SENATE Committee on GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION.
Authorizes intrastate internet poker. Authorizes eligible entities to apply of a license to operate an intrastate internet poker web site offering the play of authorized games to authorized players. Prohibits the offer of play of any gambling game provided over the internet that is not an authorized game permitted by the state pursuant to this bill. Prohibits a person from aggregating computer or other access devices in a public setting within this State for the purpose of gambling on the Internet.

Colorado
HB 1142
Status: 3/19/2014 – In SENATE. Read third time. Passed SENATE. *****To HOUSE for concurrence.
Prohibits the Electronic Sale Of Lottery Tickets.

Florida
SB 98
Status:  3/4/2014 – 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 Florida lottery tickets through the Internet; authorizes the department to adopt rules, etc.

Maryland
HB 305
Status: 1/21/2014 – To HOUSE Committee on WAYS AND MEANS.
Allows a person to conduct a home game that 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 other players; prohibits a person from conducting a home game 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 specified winnings.

SB 374
Status: 3/24/2014 – Passed SENATE.  *****To HOUSE.
Relates to state lottery; relates to online ticket sales; relates to moratorium and study.

SB 428
Status: 2/28/2014 – To HOUSE Committee on WAYS AND MEANS.
Relates to criminal law; relates to gaming; relates to home games.

Massachusetts
SB 101
Status: 3/18/2014 – In JOINT Committee on CONSUMER PROTECTION AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE:  Set aside for Study.
Relates to lottery online products.

Minnesota
HF 1890
Status: 2/25/2014 - To HOUSE Committee on COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION FINANCE AND POLICY.
Relates to the State Lottery; prohibits the sale of lottery tickets online.

HF 2207
Status: 2/25/2014 – To HOUSE Committee on COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION FINANCE AND POLICY.
Relates to the state lottery; prohibits online sale of lottery tickets.

HF 2922
Status: 3/10/2014 – To HOUSE Committee on COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION FINANCE AND POLICY.
Relates to gambling; establishes an online gambling study and moratorium.

HF 2398
Status: 2/27/2014 – To HOUSE Committee on COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION FINANCE AND POLICY.
Relates to state lottery; restricts delivery methods; modifies restrictions.
Authorizes the state’s lottery to sell scratch-off tickets over the Internet.

SF 1684
Status: 2/25/2014 – To SENATE Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
Relates to the State Lottery; prohibits the sale of lottery tickets online.

SF 2211
Status: 3/3/2014 – To SENATE Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
Relates to gambling; establishes an online gambling study and moratorium.

SF 2760
Status: 3/19/2014 – To SENATE Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT.
Relates to state lottery; restricts delivery methods; modifies restrictions.
Authorizes the state’s lottery to sell scratch-off tickets over the Internet.

Mississippi
HB 1128
Status: 2/4/2014 – Died in committee.
Creates the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2014; makes findings regarding the authority of the state to regulate lawful internet gaming, in response to certain federal laws and 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; provides additional powers to the commission.

New Jersey
AB 1903
Status: 1/16/2014 – To ASSEMBLY Committee on TOURISM AND GAMING.
Permits Internet gaming equipment to be located at certain secure facilities in Atlantic City.

AB 1911
Status: 1/16/2014 – To ASSEMBLY Committee on TOURISM AND GAMING.
Authorizes licensing of operators to provide restricted foreign Internet wagering under certain circumstances.

AB 2540
Status: 2/10/2014 – To ASSEMBLY Committee on TOURISM AND GAMING.
Authorizes permits for certain New Jersey casinos for interstate and foreign Internet wagering; requires Internet gaming payment processors be licensed as casino service industry enterprises.

AB 2703
Status: 2/24/2014 – To ASSEMBLY Committee on TOURISM AND GAMING.
Permits conduct of lottery games on Internet.

SB 185
Status: 1/30/2014 – From SENATE Committee on STATE GOVERNMENT, WAGERING, TOURISM AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION as amended.
Permits internet gaming equipment to be located at certain secure facilities in Atlantic City.

SB 586
Status: 1/14/2014 – To SENATE Committee on STATE GOVERNMENT, WAGERING, TOURISM AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
Permits conduct of lottery games on internet.

SB 692
Status: 1/14/2014 – To SENATE Committee on STATE GOVERNMENT, WAGERING, TOURISM AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
Authorizes licensing of operators to provide restricted foreign Internet wagering to foreign patrons under certain circumstances.

SB 980
Status: 3/24/2014 – To SENATE Committee on BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS.
Authorizes permits for certain New Jersey casinos for interstate and foreign Internet wagering; requires Internet gaming payment processors be licensed as casino service industry enterprises.

Pennsylvania
SB 940
Status: 2/14/2014 – To SENATE Committee on COMMUNITY, ECONOMIC AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
Amends Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; further provides for definitions and for regulatory authority of the board; prohibits Internet gaming.

Washington
HB 1824
Status: 1/13/2014 – 2014 REGULAR SESSION ACTION: By Order of Resolution - Reintroduced and retained in present status.
Reduces the penalty for a person conducting unlawful internet gambling in his or her primary residence for recreational purposes.

West Virginia
HCR 132
Status: 3/7/2014 – To HOUSE Committee on RULES.
Requests that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize a study on the iLottery and iGaming industries and other casino based electronic betting in an effort to provide West Virginians with additional lottery game choices, and improve the competitiveness of West Virginia lottery licensees.

 

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