Weekly Update: New Jersey Closer to Passing Internet Poker Legislation (02/13/2013)

February 12th, 2013

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

The news this week revolves around A2578, the New Jersey online poker bill. Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the bill on Thursday, but in reality it was a conditional acceptance. The governor’s conditional veto openly declared support for licensed online poker and merely seeks specific modifications on its implementation.

I encourage you to click here to review the conditions. Please note that these are not general objections. Rather, this is a line-by-line markup of the changes needed for the governor’s signature.

From the conditional veto:
With these goals in mind, I have concluded that now is the time for our State to move forward, again leading the way for the nation, by becoming one of the first States to permit Internet gaming. I authorize this step towards modernizing Atlantic City’s entertainment attractions cautiously, with carefully constructed limitations that will ensure the highest integrity and the most robust oversight.
The governor sent out a Tweet affirming support for online poker as well (here):

This is an unprecedented show of support for Internet poker and it really shows how we poker players and enthusiasts are making a difference by making ourselves heard and by standing up for our rights! As I mentioned last week, this is important for all of us because, like dominoes, some states will have to move forward before others will.

Washington State Bill

Legislation has been proposed in the state of Washington by state Rep. Paul Harris (R-17) to reduce the penalty for playing online poker from a felony to a civil infraction. PPA alerted the Washington membership, asking everyone to take action to tell their elected representatives to support this measure. The following day, the bill gained seven cosponsors! 

This egregious law has been on the books for far too long, so it is outstanding that the effort to change this is gaining steam. While we will not be satisfied until playing all forms of poker is legal everywhere, this is certainly a terrific first step. I encourage you to read the proposed legislation here.

PPA Welcomes Matt Allen as Our New Texas State Director

The PPA would like to congratulate Matt Allen on his promotion to Texas State Director. Matt has served as the Assistant Texas State Director for the past year under prior State Director Steven Kidder. Matt is a long time Texas Hold’em player and tireless advocate for poker in the state. He attended the University of North Texas and is the winner of last year’s 1st Annual Congressman Joe Barton (R-6th) Poker Tournament. He lives with his wife and two children in Corsicana, Texas where he works at his family’s printing business.

Facebook February at PPA

It is Facebook February at the PPA and we need your help to reach our goal of 75,000 “likes” by the end of this month. We had more than 500 new “friends” since last week and we are less than 1,200 away from our goal. Please be sure to Like us on Facebook, and make sure to invite your friends and family to like us on Facebook too. It’s a simple and easy way to show support and stay involved with PPA!

Upcoming Appearances:
  • Webcast: “PPA Weekly Update” airs live each Sunday at 6:45 pm ET/3:45 pm PT on Fifth Street Radio. Listen live here.
  • The Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast on OnTilt Radio airs live each Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Listen live here. You can follow the program on Facebook at facebook.com/PokerAdvocacy, and on Twitter at @PokerAdvocacy. The show site is ontiltradio.com/ppa.
Recent appearances:
  • PokerNewsBoy (2/12): “PPA Check-In with Rich Muny: The Age of Social Media.” I sat down with PNB’s Steve Ruddock for our weekly interview on the poker advocacy effort. Read here.
  • OnTilt Radio (2/11): “Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny.” I was joined by PPA NJ State Director Tony Salerno for a great discussion on New Jersey’s online poker legislation. (listen here or on iTunes here).
  • Fifth Street Radio (2/9): I sat down with Mark Hoke for a great discussion. I come on at time point 0:55:27 of Part 2. Listen here.
  • WIBG 1020 (2/6): PPA Executive Director John Pappas appeared on “The King Arthur Show,” live from Atlantic City, to discuss the NJ poker bill. Listen here.

Tony Salerno and John Pappas in Trenton, NJ

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Thank you for your continued support!

Proud to play,

Rich Muny

Poker Players Rebuff Common Online Gambling Myths – iGaming Business (01/01/2013)

NJ online gaming – more “conditional approval” than “conditional veto,” in reality – The Record (02/07/2013)

Christie paves the way for online gambling with conditional veto – The Record (02/07/2013)

Tumbling Dominoes: What New Jersey’s Decision Means to the Future of Online Poker in America – Nolan Dolla (02/08/2013)

Delaware hopes to be first in Internet gambling – USA Today (02/11/2013)

Mississippi Online Gambling Bill Dies in Committee (Again) – Poker News Daily (02/12/2013)

Bill Would Make It No Longer A Felony To Play Online Poker In The State Of Washington – CardPlayer (02/12/2013)

Cops With ‘Assault Rifles’ Raid Low-Stakes Tavern Poker Game In North Carolina – CardPlayer (02/12/2013)

Nevada Senate bill aims to tax internet poker – Las Vegas Sun (02/12/2013)

New Jersey Internet Gambling Bill Set for February 26 Vote – PocketFives (02/12/2013)

New Jersey Internet Gambling Bill Set for February 26 Vote - PocketFives (02/12/2013)

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