Despite the fact that many states are beginning to pass legislation which will allow online poker and gambling options in the individual states, gamblers would still like to see federal legislation passed so the option can be made available nationwide.
Last year, Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl tried to pass federal legislation for the but could not gain enough steam to see the bill move. Now, Peter King, a Representative of New York State, has announced that he is creating a new federal online gaming bill.
The new bill by King is said to be in the works and will address the Reid/Kyl bill issues that eventually doomed it. This will hopefully see legislation passed rather than stalled during the legislation process. The King option is said to be limited to online poker but would include state lottery participation which was not part of the Reid/Kyl bill.
Politico.com reported that Kevin Fogarty, King’s spokesman, spoke with them and stated that the measure should be introduced shortly but did not reveal further details of the bill. Because federal legislation was slow going, many states went ahead and took matters into their own hands and created their own individual legislation. Reports have shown that legislators on a federal level would like to hurry and pass a measure so that the state-by-state process will not continue to grow.
Nevada has already launched online poker options with the start of Ultimate Poker and Delaware and New Jersey are on their way to offering online gambling options in the their respective states very soon. California and Pennsylvania are also in discussions for legislation and as more states begin to allow the option, even more states get in on the action.
Federal legislation will need to be put in place soon to gather a strong hold in the industry. Federal legislation could allow states to offer poker options if they so choose and offer larger player pooling options.