Senators in several states have been discussing the idea of legalizing online Betting in their jurisdictions. Senator Raymond Lesniak has released a Bill in New jersey that no only would legalize online poker betting, but also other casino games.
Part of the reason that Lesniak is moving ahead of the federal government is his plan to ensure that New Jersey gambling operators have their pick of customers from the state. One of the stipulations in the proposed Bill is that Internet companies must be located in Atlantic County.
The online casino industry would be set up similar to the one in Atlantic City. The age requirements and rules of the games would be patterned after the AC casino industry. The news of the proposed Bill has been welcomed by online Betting supporters.
“We’re happy that New Jersey has taken this issue into their own hands,” said Interactive Media Entertainment and gambling Association Chairman Joe Brennan, in a press release, “New Jersey is recognized as having the toughest gambling regulators in the US, but as a leading gambling state with a long track record of doing things the right way, Internet Betting will have a great home here and the opportunity to begin normalizing the industry.”
New Jersey is not the only state that is considering legalizing online Betting. California Senators are also in the process of developing laws that, if approved, could regulate online poker in California.
On a national level, Representative Barney Frank has released legislation that would overturn the UIGEA of 2006. The proposal already has over sixty co-sponsors, and the regulated Internet Betting premise is gaining support of several Senators.