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2014 Internet Gambling and Lotteries Legislation

2014 Internet Gambling and Lotteries Legislation

Jonathan Griffin 10/22/2014

2014 Legislation Regarding Internet Gambling or Lotteries

Updated October 22, 2014

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

Colorado and Maryland enacted laws that would prohibit online lottery sales.  New Jersey has pending legislation that would authorize their states to conduct online lottery games. Florida introduced legislation to allow online lottery play and Minnesota introduced legislation to both permit and prohibit the play of lottery games on the Internet, but the bills in those two states ultimately failed. Louisiana and West Virginia have introduced legislation to study internet gaming and/or lotteries.

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: 4/11/2014 – ENACTED
Prohibits the lottery commission from Promulgating any rule, issuing any order, or adopting any policy or interpretation before a specified date, that authorizes or permits the purchase of tickets, including instant scratch tickets, or shares by means of the internet, telephone, computer, or any other electronic device or equipment that the purchaser can access or use to purchase lottery tickets other than by doing so personally at a licensed lottery sales agent's physical place of business.

Florida
SB 98
Status:  5/2/2014 – Failed. Died in Committee.
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.

Louisiana
SB 542
Status: 5/16/2014 – ENACTED
Requires an annual report from the Gaming Control Board on impact of technology advances on gaming industry; requires the report to address awareness and growth of any unregulated gaming such as Internet or online games, to address such gaming in jurisdictions in which it is authorized and any enforcement issues the jurisdiction is experiencing with age verification and geo-location, and to identify issued of legislative concern and to make related recommendations.

Maryland
HB 305
Status: Failed – Adjourned.
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: 5/5/2014 - ENACTED
Relates to state lottery; relates to online ticket sales; relates to moratorium and study.

SB 428
Status: Failed – Adjourned.
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: Failed – Adjourned.
Relates to the State Lottery; prohibits the sale of lottery tickets online.

HF 2207
Status: Failed – Adjourned.
Relates to the state lottery; prohibits online sale of lottery tickets.

HF 2922
Status: Failed – Adjourned.
Relates to gambling; establishes an online gambling study and moratorium.

HF 2398
Status: Failed – Adjourned.
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: Failed – Adjourned.
Relates to the State Lottery; prohibits the sale of lottery tickets online.

SF 2211
Status: Failed – Adjourned.
Relates to gambling; establishes an online gambling study and moratorium.

SF 2760
Status: Failed – Adjourned.
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: 6/16/2014 - Substituted by S185
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.

AB 3348
Status: 6/5/2014 – To ASSEMBLY Committee on TOURISM, GAMING AND THE ARTS.
Requires each casino license conducting Internet gaming in this State to prominently advertise name of its Atlantic City casino on its Internet gaming websites and advertisements.

AR 132
Status: 6/9/2014 – To ASSEMBLY Committee on TOURISM, GAMING AND THE ARTS.
Urges United States Congress to oppose S.2159 and H.R.4301 which would prohibit States from authorizing and conducting Internet gaming.

SB 185
Status: 8/1/2014 - ENACTED
Permits internet gaming equipment to be located at facilities owned or leased by an Atlantic City casino licensee that are secure, inaccessible to the public, and specifically designed to house that equipment, and where the equipment shall be under the complete control of the casino licensee or its Internet gaming affiliate.

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.

New York
AB 9509
Status: Failed.
Relates to allowing certain interactive poker games.

AB 9591
Status: 5/9/2014 – To ASSEMBLY Committee on RACING AND WAGERING.
Allows certain interactive poker games that are consider to be games of skill Rather than games of luck; includes definitions, authorization, required safeguards and minimum standards, the scope of licensing review and state tax implications; makes corresponding penal law amendments.

SB 6913
Status: 5/22/2014 - Amended in SENATE Committee on RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING.
Allows certain interactive poker games that are consider to be games of skill rather than games of luck; includes definitions, authorization, required safeguards and minimum standards, the scope of licensing review; state tax implications; and corresponding penal law amendments.

Pennsylvania 
HR 1095
Status: 10/16/2014 – Introduced
Urges the Congress of the United States to defeat S. 2159 and H.R. 4301, which prohibit States from authorizing and conducting Internet gaming.

HB 2110
Status: 10/14/2014 – Eligible for Governor
Amends the State Lottery Law; further provides for definitions; authorizes Internet instant games and Keno; provides the the method to be used in selling tickets or shares; reduces the percentage of total lottery ticket sales revenues dedicated to property tax relief and free or reduced fare transit service for the elderly.
From House Fiscal Note: “Definitions of the terms “internet instant game” and “keno” are added and language is added prohibiting the Secretary of Revenue from authorizing the game of keno or an internet instant game unless specifically authorized by law. Furthermore, sales through the Lottery’s Internet website or any Internet websites operated by licensed Lottery retailers of any Lottery game or any Internet instant game are prohibited unless specifically authorized by law. Finally, the Secretary or Revenue may not offer any Internet-based or monitor-based interactive Lottery game or simulated casino style Lottery game through the State Lottery including video poker, video roulette, slot machines or video blackjack.”

HB 2297 
Status: 7/1/2014 - To HOUSE Committee on GAMING OVERSIGHT 
An Act amending Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for authorized interactive gaming and for duties of Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and Department of Health; imposing an interactive gaming tax and prescribing penalties.

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.

SB 1386
Status: 6/17/2014 – To SENATE Committee on COMMUNITY, ECONOMIC AND RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
Provides for authorized interactive gaming and for duties of Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and Department of Health; imposes an interactive gaming tax and prescribes penalties.

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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