Friday February 15,2013 : MORE INNOVATIONS IN NEVADA ONLINE POKER BILL (Update)
Gaming education and the exclusion of certain operators mooted
Closer examination of the newly introduced AB114 legalization in the Nevada Legislature has revealed that it is not just looking to remove federal restrictions on the state's online poker ambitions, or seeking merely to give the governor permission to negotiate interstate compacts.
Earlier this week it became apparent that Assemblyman William Horne has also proposed doubling the state licensing fee for would-be operators to $1 million, something the governor is reportedly against.
And there is a provision to add a member of the academic community to the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee, together with one that empowers the governor to appoint a subcommittee on gaming education.
But perhaps more seriously than either of those is the inclusion of a clause which could exclude for at least 10 years any gambling operator or company that accepted US action after the imposition in 2006 of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
Whether this sort of "bad actor" clause is intended to embrace partnerships between such companies and Nevada land operators is not at present clear, although it would probably be welcomed by Nevada's land casino companies as a means of reducing potential competition from experienced foreign companies.
The bill, on which Horne is reportedly still conducting discussions with the governor and other interested parties, has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary.