WA State Legislator introduces HB1114 to regulate internet poker
As reported by OnlinePokerReport.com
, a bill to regulate internet poker in Washington State (HB1114) (http://app.leg.wa.gov/BillInfo/summary.aspx?bill=1114&year=2015)was prefiled for introduction by Rep. Sherry Appleton (D23) on Friday, January 9th.
This bill would allow state licensed card rooms and Tribal casinos
to offer games online, where those games are offered on a licensed and regulated platform. This will allow the top international providers the opportunity to provide services to those card rooms and casinos. There is no 'bad actors' clause, but the providers are not allowed to operate their own room, only provide business2business services to existing card rooms. This means the top platforms operating as networks, offering skins to local interests, with shared player liquidity on common platforms.
This bill also opens the door to interstate cooperation, where player liquidity could be further spread on platforms licensed in multiple states.
Most of the regulatory detail is left up to the Commission to establish. This will allow the Commission to adapt more rapidly, to changing technologies and markets, than if every small detail was codified in the RCW, where any changes would need to be done by the legislature.
You can find, and follow, the bill here (http://app.leg.wa.gov/BillInfo/summary.aspx?bill=1114&year=2015). On that page, you will find links to the full text of the bill, what progress it has made, and a button to give you an opportunity to comment on the bill. It would be good to have as many WA players as we can give positive feedback on this bill.