Thursday May 2, 2013 : NEW YORK REPRESENTATIVE PLANS ONLINE POKER LEGALISATION BILL
Political staff say new measure will be introduced soon by Rep. Peter King
As one door closes, another opens in New York online poker; already this week we have seen online poker initiatives in Illinois and Massachusetts fail, and the Rational Group's attempt to buy the Atlantic Club fall apart …but another door is about to open, according to the Washington DC newspaper Politico.
The influential newspaper reports that it has received confirmation from the staff of Representative Peter King,a well-respected supporter of online gambling, that he will soon launch a fresh federal legalization attempt in the US Congress. Previous attempts, confined to online poker and driven mainly by Nevada Senator Harry Reid have twice failed but with momentum building in individual states seeking legalised online gambling, the political environment could be changing.
It's early days yet, and no detail on Rep. King's proposal has been made available, but it is not unreasonable to speculate that his proposal has probably been structured to avoid the perceptions created by Reid's bills that his attempt favoured Nevada.
It will also have to address the sensitivity of states regarding individual state lotteries and the authority to pass their own intrastate laws.
This new federal push is certain to generate plenty of industry media coverage as it develops.