Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations
As 2017 kicks in, poker continues to gain traction in statehouses across America. In Michigan, we anticipate legislation that would license and regulate poker websites to be introduced in the near future. I look forward to sharing details as they become available. Last year, the Michigan Senate Regulatory Reform Committee approved an online poker bill, but further action was pushed into this year.
In Pennsylvania, we expect a hearing next month on that state’s bill to license online poker, online casino-style gaming and daily fantasy sports. We expect to be invited to testify on behalf of the poker community on why the Keystone State needs to move forward on this important legislation.
Hawaii has a poker bill, too. S.B. 677, introduced by State Senator Will Espero, would establish “the Hawaii internet lottery and gaming corporation for the purpose of conducting internet gambling in Hawaii.” The minimum age for online play in the state would be 19.
And, California Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer has introduced the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act (AB 1677), which would license and regulate online poker in the Golden State. Unfortunately, disunity among stakeholders that has doomed past legislation has not been resolved. PPA calls on all stakeholders to come to consensus to, at long last, move legislation forward in California.
Let’s make and like pro-poker tweets in reply to several anti-poker lawmakers, telling them not to support federal legislation that would ban online poker throughout America. Poker public enemy #1 Sheldon Adelson reportedly donated nearly $80 million during the 2016 election cycle and spends hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly lobbying Congress to strip you of your right to play poker in your own home on your own computer, so these lawmakers really need to hear from everyone!
Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny Webcast
On this week’s show, PPA CO State Director & OnTilt Radio CEO Robin Jones joined me for a discussion on the latest on OnTilt Radio’s operations, poker activism, and Colorado issues. Please be sure to check it out.
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