New Jersey Takes Steps Towards Online Gambling
At the beginning of the week the New Jersey Assembly passed a bill which allows New Jersey residents to play online versions of casino games within state boundaries. The bill will go to vote at the New Jersey Senate on Thursday.
However, the passage of the bill by the New Jersey legislature is no guarantee that it will become law, last year Governor Christie vetoed a similar bill.
New Jersey is hoping to create state laws which take advantage of a federal law; however, so far the federal law has not gained much support.
Senators Harry Reid of Nevada and Jon Kyl of Arizona proposed the “Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012”, however, after many months of discussion it has now been declared dead for this session of congress.
A recent report said that that last week Senator Harry Reid cancelled the effort to legalise internet poker this year. Reid’s chief of staff, David Krone, said that “this bill for this year is dead.”
There was much hope for legislation being passed this year due to a DOJ opinion on internet lottery sales last year; however, supporters will now have to wait until next year to restart their efforts.