While many states in the US are seeing legislators create online poker and gambling proposals, Washington State is going to have a different approach. Curtis Woodward – a professional poker player himself – and a few other poker pros, has created proposals for the state to provide more legality for poker players who reside in the state.
The first is a proposed initiative is titled Washington State Internet Poker Act of 2014. The second is the Internet Poker Player Decriminalization Act of 2014. The IPPDA was created to seek a reversal of a Washington State law created in 2006 which lists online poker playing as a felony act.
According to a report by Pokerfuse, Woodward has stated that both proposals are currently being reviewed at the Code Reviser’s office in Washington State. The final language of both proposals must gain approval and then resubmitted. This should take place by April. The group of poker players will then try to gain public support for their initiatives. They seek to have the initiatives placed on the 2014 November ballot.
“If we are successful in getting enough signatures, the measure(s) go before the next legislative session. They can do one of three things. They can adopt the measure, in which case it will become law. Or they can take no action, in which case it will go to the ballot in Nov. ’14. Or, they can pass an alternative, in which case the voters will be given a choice between the two measures.”
“As we spend the year gathering signatures, we will also be meeting with legislators to gather support in advance. I will also be meeting with leaders of the big Tribal interests, as I am working hard to get their support,” Woodward assured. “It is my goal to have generated enough support so that even if we don’t meet our signature goal, the legislature will take up the issue anyway.”
Woodward must now work hard to see the initiatives move forward. Volunteers are needed as well as signatures for petitioners. Online activity is also taking place with a website to launch shortly and social media outlet usage to pass the message to the public.
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