US States Make Play for Web Gambling
Posted in: Government & Policy at 03/03/2011 17:35
Efforts to legalize online gambling in the U.S. are moving to the states as lawmakers roll the dice on bills that aim to steer around federal laws effectively prohibiting Internet wagering.
The first real test of the state efforts comes this week in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie is expected to decide the fate of a bill that would let Atlantic City casino companies run gambling websites for state residents.
The bill would make New Jersey the first state to sanction online gambling. The Republican governor, who has until Thursday to veto or sign the bill, hasn't publicly stated his stance.
Campbell To Re-Introduce Online Gambling Bill With Frank
House Financial Services Committee ranking member Barney Frank, D-Mass., has found a new partner in his quest to legalize Internet gambling and to reverse a 2006 law that outlawed it.
Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., plans to introduce with Frank a similar version of legislation the Massachusetts Democrat helped push through the Financial Services Committee in the last Congress. Unlike in the last Congress when he was chairman of the committee, Frank said Campbell will be the lead sponsor of his bill this year.