Online Gambling Bill Re-Introduced In Hawaii

Politicians in Hawaii have introduced a new internet gambling bill nearly a year to the day when a similar bill was rejected in the Aloha State.

The bill was introduced by Senators Gilbert Kahele, Malama Solomon, and Donovan M. Dela Cruz. The bill has already made it through its first reading, and would "authorize and implement a secure, responsible, and legal system for internet gambling and proposes the establishment of the Hawaii Internet Lottery and Gaming Corporation (HIGLC) towards that end.

The Hawaii Internet Lottery and Gaming Corporation would stand not as a State Agency, but rather a public corporation that would be deemed an instrumentality of the State.

If the bill is passed into law, it would allow for online gambling to be executed through the assistance of a private operator. Sports bets would be specifically excluded as part of the legislation.

A similar bill was introduced last year but soundly rejected by the state's politicians.

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