Latest US Online Poker & Casino Bills in Progress
West Virginia officially passed an online gaming bill on in late March of 2019. The bill is set to become law in June of 2019 and there’s a chance fully legal online poker sites will launch before the end of the year.
Regulated online poker in Pennsylvania, which was set to debut in winter of 2019, has been pushed back to summer at the earliest. The delay is due the Department of Justice reinterpreting the Wire Act. It’s not clear what effect this will have on online poker in the USA but it’s already slowed down the rollout in Pennsylvania. PokerStars is likely to operate in the state.
Two internet poker bills were presented in New York last year. One bill was introduced in January and the other in February of 2017. Last February 15th, one bill passed the Senate Gaming Committee (11-0 vote) and passed the Senate Finance Committee (27-9 vote) a few months later on May 9th. It passed the full Senate (54-8 vote) on June 13, 2017 but it did not receive a vote by the Assembly.
On March 1, 2017, a bill (SB 203) to legalize and regulated online gambling (poker and casino games) in Michigan was introduced. SB 203 passed the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on March 8th (7-1 vote) last year and it went to the full Senate for a potential vote but did not receive one. On September 12, 2017, a second online gaming bill (HB 4926) was introduced.
On January 10th, West Virginia presented a bill, HB 3067, to legalize online gambling (poker and casino games). The bill is in a House Committee to receive a hearing and possible vote.
Louisiana introduced a bill, SB 322, around March 1st to legalize online gambling.
It looks like California will not be presenting any internet poker bills to the legislature this year. Last year on February 17th, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer introduced a bill (AB 1677) in California which would allow online poker if passed. It’s pretty much the same bill as the previous year (AB 2863), but no vote was taken on the bill in 2017. The bill will pay the horse racing industry up to $60 million a year but they cannot operate poker sites.
On May 31, 2017, the Illinois Senate passed a bill, HB 479, to regulate and legalize online gambling (poker and casino games) by a 42-10 vote. This bill then went to the House but was later shelved for the time being.