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Hawaii to begin pushing for poker legalization?

The US state of Hawaii could be on the poker legalisation trail, according to a new bill just introduced to the Senate and labelled SB755. The bill justifies legalisation by highlighting the need for enhanced tourism and business attractions in the wake of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

The bill is detailed at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/Bills/SB755_HD1_PROPOSED_.pdf.

The first hearings on the bill will probably be before the Committee on Economic Revitalisation and Business chaired by Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, and the Committee on Judiciary chaired by Rep. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran.on 23 March 2011. Testimony can be submitted here: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/emailt...?measure=SB755

According to industry observers, the Hawaiian bill seeks to effect the following:

  • Poker will be legally recognised as a game of skill

  • Poker will be exempted from the Hawaii gambling statute

  • Online poker will be legalised, and operators will be encouraged to set up businesson the islands.

  • Large tournament operators such as the World Series of Poker, North Amercian Poker Tour and World Poker Tour will be encouraged to stage major events in Hawaii, assisting the development of tourism - especially out-of-season.

  • A licensing framework and Gaming Commission will be established for operators.

Source: InfoPowa News