2015 Internet Gambling Legislation

8/21/2015

Dice on a Keyboard

Seven states – California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington – have introduced bills that would legalize online gaming this session. These states are looking to join Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and the U.S. Virgin Islands as states that offer online casino gambling. Mississippi’s bills ultimately died in committee, but the other bills are still pending in the legislature.

In addition to those four states, Nevada and New Jersey have introduced legislation that would alter their online gambling laws and New York has introduced legislation that would commission a study on the gambling habits of its residents, including online gambling. Pennsylvania has also introduced legislation to prohibit online gaming in their state.

Finally, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have introduced resolutions urging Congress to defeat bills aimed at prohibiting gambling over the Internet.  

Below is a table of bills related to gambling over the Internet, along with any information on the bill’s final disposition.

Please note that this article online addresses online casino gambling, including online poker. Internet lottery legislation is available here.

The box allows you to conduct a full text search.

Online Gambling Legislation

Jurisdiction

Bill

Summary

California

AB 9

Creates the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015. Establishes the framework to authorize intrastate Internet poker. Authorizes eligible entities to apply for a nontransferable license. Relates to license renewable. Provides unlawful actions regarding the aggregating of computers. Provides violations are a misdemeanor. Requires the adoption of related regulations. Creates a related fund for placement of license fees. Requires employee work permits. Relates to tribal participation.

California

AB 167

Enacts the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015. Establishes a framework to authorize intrastate Internet poker. Authorizes eligible entities to apply for a license to operate an authorized poker Web site offering the play of authorized Internet poker games to registered players within the State. Provides violations are felonies and establishes an enforcement fund. Authorizes violation civil suits. Provides an application process and fees. Establishes a tribal gaming regulatory authority.

California

AB 431

Authorizes the operation of an Internet poker Web site within the borders of the state. Requires the Gambling control Commission to promulgate regulations for intrastate Internet poker. Requires those regulations to include, but not be limited to, a licensing process for an individual or entity to become an operator of an Internet poker Web site and rules for the operation of an Internet poker Web site.

California

SB 278

Authorizes the operation of an Internet poker Web site within the borders of the state. Requires the Gambling Control Commission to promulgate regulations for intrastate Internet poker. Requires those regulations to include, but not be limited to, a licensing process for an individual or entity to become an operator of an Internet poker Web site and rules for the operation of an Internet poker Web site.

Illinois

HB 56

Creates the Internet Gaming Act; contains only a short title provision.

Illinois

HB 57

Creates the Internet Gaming Act; contains only a short title provision.

Massachusetts SB 241 Relates to gaming.
Authorizes online gaming.

Mississippi

HB 306
Failed – Died in Committee, 2/3/2015

Creates the Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act of 2015; 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.

Mississippi

HB 782
Failed – Died in Committee, 2/3/2015

Creates the Mississippi internet poker act; makes findings regarding the authority of the state to regulate internet poker as the exclusive internet game allowed online in Mississippi; 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, as necessary to regulate lawful internet gaming; imposes an additional license fee in the amount.

Nevada

AB 414

Revises provisions governing agreements with certain governments for purposes of interactive gaming.

New Jersey

AB 3894

Requires Internet gaming affiliates to be licensed as casinos; prohibits waiver of licensing requirements.

New Jersey

AR 132

Urges United States Congress to oppose legislation which would prohibit states from authorizing and conducting Internet gaming.

New York

AB 880

Amends the Mental Hygiene Law; authorizes and directs the commissioner of mental health to commission a statewide evaluation regarding the extent of legal and illegal gambling by New York state residents.

Requires a statewide study done on the extent of legal and illegal gambling done by New York state residents, including internet gambling.

New York

AB 6007

Amends the Mental Hygiene Law; authorizes and directs the commissioner of mental health to commission a statewide evaluation regarding the extent of legal and illegal gambling by New York state residents.

Requires a statewide study done on the extent of legal and illegal gambling done by New York state residents, including internet gambling.

New York SB 5302 Allows certain interactive poker games that are considered 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.

Pennsylvania

HB 649

Amends Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; 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.

Pennsylvania

HB 695

Amends Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; provides for authorized interactive gaming and for duties of Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and Department of Health; imposes an interactive gaming tax; prescribes penalties.

Pennsylvania HB 920 Amends Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in general provisions; provides for definitions, in Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board; 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; provides for Internet gaming.
Pennsylvania HB 1013 Amends Titles 4 (Amusements) and 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board; provides for general and specific powers and, in riot, disorderly conduct and related offenses; provides for gambling devices, gambling, etc.
Prohibits online gaming.

Pennsylvania

HR 140

Urges the Congress of the United States to defeat H.R. 707 and any other legislation which would prohibit States from authorizing and conducting Internet gaming.

Pennsylvania SB 900 Amends Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in licensees; provides for additional Category 1 slot machine license requirements, for Category 3 slot machine licenses; provides for casino liquor licenses and for slot machines at nonprimary or ancillary locations; provides for Internet gaming.

Washington

HB 1114

Authorizes and regulates internet poker.

LexisNexis General Terms and Conditions

Jonathan Griffin covers gambling issues for NCSL.