Sen. Heller Keen on Online Poker Legislation ApprovalJuly 24, 2012
Senator Dean Heller, in a move to carry Republican votes, is striving to win approval for online poker legislation before the end of the year’s session. The legislation is a matter of great importance for several casinos that operate in Nevada, Las Vegas. There are others, such as U.S. Rep Joe Barton, who are pushing to regulate online poker.
Looking Forward to Increase State Revenues – Sen. Heller
According to Senator Heller, if the online poker legislation is approved, it will mean a significant increase in the revenues of the state. The online gambling industry is worth millions of dollars and Heller believes that land-based casinos will be able to earn sizable profits once the bill is approved.
The Senator is rallying a few GOP senators and Republican leaders to gain support for the bill. Heller added that he has briefed a few of his colleagues such as Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri and Senator John Cornyn of Texas on what the exactly the intention and expectation from the bill is. Heller wants to ensure that everyone has a clear idea of the legislation before approving or disapproving it.
US States Move to Sanction Intra-State Online Gambling
In the midst of Senator Heller’s determination to push for internet poker legislation, several states are moving ahead to sanction intra-state online gambling. Recently, online poker regulations were approved by New Jersey regulations. Critics have slammed the concept citing security issues. According to them, online gaming operators will not have a fool-proof way of ensuring that only the residents of a state will participate in its own casino.
Furthermore, detractors believe that the inception of legal online casinos will not only encourage underage gambling, but will also make gambling an addiction. In recent times, a number of casino sites have launched their mobile gaming platform. With the popularity of tablets and smart phones, online gambling will prove to be an addictive pastime.
Bill Framework Finalized by Key Senators
According to the latest reports of an online newsletter titled Gambling Compliance, a few important senators have made a decision on the framework for the online poker legislation. Two of the senators are Jon Kyl, Arizona-Republic and Harry Reid, Nevada-Democrat.
Although when talking to reporters, Senator Reid did not confirm news about the decision, he did declare that he was in talks with Senator Kyl. Both of them are in anticipation of support from the Republicans. The key aides of Senator Reid confirmed that he is depending on Heller Kyl to round up the votes from the GOP.
Time Running Out, Says Sen. Heller
As only the framework for the online poker legislation has been decided, Senator Heller admits that time is of the essence. For the bill to pass, it, first, has to be drafted, introduced and then passed. This will take a considerable amount of time. However, another issue looms large.
With the rising number of critics, the online gambling bill is unlikely to pass. Therefore, most strategists are looking into several types of legislation to which they can attach the gambling expansion bill. On its own, the bill would not stand a chance in lieu of its controversial nature.