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Washington & Mississippi Poker Bills Have Died

Discussion in 'CASINO NEWS' started by Mben, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Mben

    Mben No Deposit Forum Admin Staff Member

    Online gambling legislation had a week to forget in the United States, as two poker bills that would have added Mississippi and Washington to the list of iGaming-friendly states went down to defeat.

    In Mississippi, Rep. Bobby Moak’s third kick at the legislative can was no more successful than his first two attempts, but you gotta give the guy his High Hopes due. Moak’s latest incarnation of his Mississippi Lawful Internet Gaming Act failed to clear Tuesday’s deadline for legislation to be considered by the relevant committees this year.

    Moak, a Democrat, told PokerNews he knew the bill was DOA given that “my Republican colleagues have not been moving very much at all concerning gaming.” Regardless, Moak intends to keep trying to pass his bill based on the belief that his state’s gaming industry deserves the “options it needs in this changing market. It’s another tool they should have.”

    Way up north in Washington state, the HB 1114 online poker bill filed by Rep. Sherry Appleton will also not gain any traction in 2015. The bill, which was drafted in conjunction with Washington Online Poker Initiative leader Curtis Woodard, would have rolled back the preposterously overzealous 2006 law that made playing online poker in the state a felony. Appleton said this week that the bill had failed to achieve the necessary support and was dead for the year.

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