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At least 10 states may consider online gaming legislation this year

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After legalizing online gaming in 2013, New Jersey put itself in an exclusive group, joining Nevada and Delaware as one of the three states nationwide to do so.

But according to a report released this week by Gambling Compliance, at least 10 states will consider bills this year to legalize or expand internet wagering.

Among those states are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. New Jersey rounds out this list as it is expected to hear several bills this year calling for the expansion of current online gaming laws.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) announced late last year that he plans on introducing legislation that would allow for casinos to expand their online gaming markets overseas.

"In 2013, 10 states considered legislation that would legalize online casino-style gambling, which was a historic high," Gambling Compliance research director Chris Krafcik said. "This year is shaping up to be at least as busy."

The report adds that in addition to the states expected to hear online gaming legislation, several others may also consider allowing lottery tickets or games to be bought and played online. Georgia, Illinois and Minnesota are the only states that currently allow it.

Despite the growing the interest at the state level, the report cites a recent paper published by U.S. Internet Gambling In Focus which notes that federal legislation is unlikely to be heard anytime soon.


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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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