An attempt to legalize internet poker in the state of Iowa has progressed through the state's Legislature, making it through a state government sub-committee on Thursday.
The bill made it through the committee with a 2-1 vote. The lone Republican on the committee opposed the measure, with two Democrats voting in favor. The measure passed as the Democrats agreed that such a poker bill is necessary for Iowa to remain relevant in the gaming industry, as fellow states New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada have recently had gaming bills signed into law.
The next step for the bill, which is formally known as SB1068, will be to heard in front of a full committee. SB1068 would legalize online poker in land based casinos and at the home of Iowans, with the hopes of generating $13.2 million in tax revenue each year.
It really is interesting to see all of these states adopting internet measures. It seems that the actions of Delaware and New Jersey were the real catalysts for action (I am not crediting Nevada because everyone expects them to operate on their own gambling terms).
State by state isn't ideal, but it is so much better than having the feds sitting on their asses doing nothing.
Agreed about the federal government.
Iowa is a Midwest state, so maybe this will spread to MI and MN soon? And why only poker. I want it ALL! lol! 🙂