North Dakota State Representative Jim Kasper has been vindicated for his 2005 attempt at legalizing internet gambling, as the state's legislature took up the issue of online lottery regulation this week.
In 2005, Kasper attempted to get an internet gambling bill through the legislature, but it was rejected by fellow lawmakers. Kasper said he feels vindicated now, and that if the move was approved in 2005 it would have been very profitable to the Peace Garden state.
Speaking to fellow lawmakers, Kasper said: "Obviously we can't go back, but it's conceivable that all the property tax of the people of North Dakota could have been paid for by the tax on the internet poker companies because they would have come to our state; now that's hindsight and that didn't happen."
“The point I make is we still have a great opportunity potentially, in the 2013 session, if the legislature decides to go that route to re-look at the licensing and regulation of internet poker companies."
Kasper went on to say he does not plan to offer any type of internet poker legalization in 2013.