Positive news from the state of Florida is that Governor Charles Grist has signed off on a bill passed by the state legislature in May this year which authorised a detailed study of the possible impact of Internet poker on an intrastate basis.
A positive report would provide powerful leverage for the many politicians who see the regulation and licensing of online poker in the state as a strong possibility, placating poker players and providing additional tax revenues.
The bill's objective is to consider what measures may be required to protect state residents from gambling offered by offshore Internet poker sites, measures to protect the vulnerable and underaged and what impact legalised intrastate poker might have on the state's existing terrestrial poker venues.
It provides for the results of the study to be ready for consideration by the state Senate as early as December 2009.
There could also be synergy with similar moves to legalise intrastate Internet poker in the state of California. Two closely related lobbying organisations, American Poker Ventures and the Poker Voters of America have been involved in lobbying for change and have drafted the content of Bill HB225 that deals with the study in Florida.