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Connecticut Stalls in Online Gambling Regulation


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Following the recent revelation that Washington DC has backtracked on its
intention to regulate online gambling, now the US state of Connecticut also
seems to have ‘cooled its jets’ regarding the legalisation and regulation of the
popular internet activity.

While a slew of other US states are eagerly trying
to pass measures that will allow them to offer – and thus tax – intrastate
online gambling, Connecticut is not one of them, after state legislators
announced last week that they will likely not pass their own measures before May
this year.

According to news story which appeared in a Connecticut newspaper last week,
the state’s Public Safety and Security Committee confirmed at a hearing that
they have no plans to authorise and facilitate intra-state online gambling in
Connecticut

during the current legislative session, which expires on May 9.

No bills to Facilitate Online Gaming seem to be on the Cards

More worrying for supporters of online gambling in Connecticut is the admission
by State Representative Stephen Dargan that based on a meeting with Governor
Dannel Malloy, he surmised that no bills to facilitate intra-state online gaming
legislation are on the cards anytime soon.

This is despite the fact that the
Governor’s office is reportedly completely aware that even though the federal
government – thanks to the Department of Justice (DoJ) – has changed its
interpretation of the Wire Act, thus opening the door for regulated intra-state
online gambling, every US state must pass its own online gambling-friendly
legislation.

Addressing the hearing, Assistant Attorney General for Connecticut, Bob Clark
explained that due to the reinterpretation of the Wire Act, intra-state online
gambling could finally be possible in the state. That is, of course, provided it
passed new measures that are compliant with regulations dictated by the Unlawful
Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006, as well as additional
legislation to overcome local gambling prohibitions.

Connecticut Tribes Support Intra-State Online Gaming

Eager to see intra-state online gambling permitted in Connecticut were
representatives of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, which own and
operate the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. They told the Public Safety and
Security Committee at the hearing that they would welcome intra-state online
gaming in Connecticut, saying that such an endeavour would be legal, safe and
lucrative.

Said Mohegan tribal representative, Chuck Bunnell, ‘We are ready to
enter this market whether on an intra-state basis or an interstate basis.’

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