The state of Iowa took a small step towards the regulation of online poker. An Iowa Senate Subcommittee approved State Bill 1068 that would allow the twenty-one state-licensed casinos to operate poker exclusive sites. The bill was approved on Thursday and will head to the Senate floor for debate.
Democrat Senator Jeff Danielson has led the charge for online poker in the state and he hopes to build upon his previous two attempts. Last year, an identical online poker bill was approved by the Iowa Senate in a 29-20 vote. However, the bill was never considered by the Iowa House of Representatives.
The Poker-Only Bill would generate $13.2 million in tax revenue and maintain the illegality of other forms of gambling. Supporters hope that the state would follow the recent trend of regulation. Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey became the first three states to regulate online poker. Several states have considered legislation, but have faced strong opposition.