Massachusetts Republican Dan Winslow has joined New Jersey’s Ray Lesniak and California’s Lou Correa in pushing for intrastate regulation. Winslow filed an amendment to Massachusetts’ proposed gambling legislation that will legalise online poker if the bill is passed by the state government. Winslow says the move will maximise total revenue under the bill, while also creating much-needed jobs in the state’s tech-sector.
“This one, I think, is a great opportunity for Massachusetts to take the lead. No state in the country has yet enacted legislation to authorize and regulate internet poker,” Winslow told the Milford Daily News. Though not a state, Washington D.C. became the first jurisdiction in the United States to legalise online poker in April. However, plans to roll out games have been delayed.
Winslow’s amendment has its doubters. State Treasurer Steven Grossman calls the plan “reckless and irresponsible.” Grossman, who does not recognise poker as a game of skill, contends the amendment is in violation of federal gambling laws.