Massachusetts Also Considers Online Gambling
Lawmakers in Massachusetts have introduced two online gaming proposals that would legalise internet lottery sales and other casino games.
Senate Bill 197, proposed by Sen. Bruce Tarr, calls for the legalisation of online casino games as long as the games do not resemble slot machines and don’t conflict with games offered by the state lottery. The bill has now been referred to the Economic Development and Emerging Technologies committee.
In the meantime Sen. Jennifer Flanagan proposed bill 101 which would allow the sale of lottery tickets online. The bill will now be examined by the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
While Massachusetts doesn’t have any land casinos, it does have laws allowing three casinos and a slots parlour within the state. However, as of yet no gaming licenses have been awarded.
If the bills are passed it would make Massachusetts the fourth state to allow internet gambling, after Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.
California, Pennsylvania and Iowa are currently considering legislation as well. However, as of yet no state has gambling sites up and running.