Exciting Week For Gambling Coming Up Through State Legislatures

April 19th, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

Last week ended on a high note for gambling expansion in two states. Both Florida and Massachusetts heard the news of gambling expanding bills being passed in one part of their state’s legislatures. The upcoming week may entail both states passing their bills, and proponents are hopeful that the long debates will finally be put to rest.

Last week, the Florida Senate passed a bill that would bring formal cooperation between the state and the Seminole Tribe’s casinos. The issue has lasted years, and the Florida Senate finally came to a bill that they had agreed with. A 29-9 vote ended the battle in the Senate on Thursday, leaving nothing but a House vote in the way of the bill. Charlie Christ, Governor of Florida, will also have to sign the bill, though this has been essentially assured.

The current draft of the gambling compact will legalize several table games, including blackjack and baccarat. In trade, the Seminole tribe will pay over $1 billion dollars to the state over a period of five years. These funds will work their way into the general budget, though it is expected that education will receive the largest cut.

Massachusetts has also struggled with gambling expansion. The bill currently moving through the legislature has passed the House, and is awaiting Senate approval. The date of the vote is currently unknown to us, though information will be supplied when updated.

The current bill will add new gambling centers throughout the state. Two casino style resorts have been planned under the bill. Despite burgeoning popularity, the bill had faced multiple revisions before it had been moved through the house. A subsection prohibiting USA online gambling had to be removed in order for the bill to pass.

Unfortunately, the delay in the committee hearing over the anti-UIGEA legislation has been postponed. Federal legislatures, Barney Frank in particular, have not yet announced the new date for the committee hearing over HR 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act.

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