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Barton Drops New Online Poker Bill, Prospects Clouded

US Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, has introduced a new Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2013 in Congress.  The bill was introduced yesterday and immediately referred to two separate House committees, Energy & Commerce and Financial Services. Barton introduced a similar poker-only bill back in 2011, amid a much busier legislative look at …

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King Introduces Federal Internet Gambling Bill

United States Representative Peter King (R-NY) has introduced a federal internet gambling bill, according to reports released from Washington, D.C. today.  Called the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013, the bill has not yet received numerical designation nor been scheduled for committee hearings. The new bill will attempt to rekindle …

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Washington State Online Poker Decriminalization Law Proposed, Quickly Tabled

Prospects that the state of Washington might finally wipe from its books an onerous 2006 law that makes the playing of online poker a felony flared briefly this week when a measure to eradicate the felony provision was proposed; however, the new measure was quickly tabled and is unlikely to receive consideration this …

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Mississippi Online Poker Bill Bludgeoned in Committee

Online poker in Mississippi won’t be happening any time soon, after a proposal to allow in-state operators to also offer online poker died a quick death in a Mississippi House committee. The recent effort by Mississippi state Rep. Bobby Moak (D-Bogue Chitto) to introduce an online measure marks the second straight year Moak …

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New Jersey Online Poker Bill Still Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…

Last time we checked on poker happenings from New Jersey, the 2012 version of that state’s move to regulate online gambling for its residents had just passed the New Jersey Assembly, and was head on to the NJ Senate, where it was due for a December 20th vote. To no one’s surprise, the …

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New Jersey Online Gambling Bill Passes Assembly… Again

When at first you don’t succeed, reintroduce another online-gambling bill.  That’s the working motto for New Jersey State Sen. Ray Lesniak, whose latest edition of the New Jersey bill that would regulate several forms of online gambling, including poker, passed its first hurdle yesterday. Assembly Bill A2578 cleared a full Assembly vote on …

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Reid-Kyl Online Poker Bill Collapse Paves Way for State Networks

Friday’s news that Sen. Harry Reid has abandoned plans to attach the Reid-Kyl online poker bill to other legislation during this year’s lame-duck session of Congress has taken the poker world by storm, leaving a lot of would-be online poker players wondering: What comes next? One thing’s for sure.  With the seeming collapse …

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COPA Disbands, Back to Ground Zero for California Online Poker Efforts

Another legislative online-poker story hitting the headlines this week is the disbanding of the California Online Poker Association (COPA), which came together two years ago to promote the largely tribal-centric interests of a consortium of 29 tribes and 31 independent poker rooms scattered across the state.  COPA has called it quits, effective this …

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Governors’ Association Lines Up Against Reid-Kyl Bill

The proposed language of the Reid-Kyl online poker bill, more formally known as the Intenet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012, came under fire from a coalition of state governors speaking via the National Governors Association, which bills itself as “The Collective Voice of the Nation’s Governors.” At …

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Is the PPA Resorting to Disinformation to Push a Bad Reid-Kyl Bill?

Friday’s dropping of the full 73-page text of the proposed Reid-Kyl online poker legislation brought plenty of weekend headlines throughout the poker world.  Most of these pieces contain statements attributed to Poker Players Alliance officials to the effect that “player penalties have been removed” from Reid-Kyl. This assertion is, in equal parts, false …

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