Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/02/07)

articles:
Around the Chamber (San Antonio Express News, 05/02/07)

Alabama-Coushatta urge passage of gambling legislation (Dallas Morning News, 05/01/07)

Gaming board offers incentive for shutting down illegal gambling (The Morning Call, 05/01/07)

Internet gambling still illegal in Washington (The Online Wire, 05/02/07)

excerpt:

Around the Chamber (San Antonio Express News, 05/02/07)
“Poker bill is voted out of House committee. A House committee approved a bill that would allow poker to be played legally in public facilities, with taxable revenue funneled back to the state. The Texas Poker Act now goes to the full House for a vote next week. It will be the first time serious regulation of poker has reached the House.”


Alabama-Coushatta urge passage of gambling legislation (Dallas Morning News, 05/01/07)
“The Alabama-Coushatta leaders said Texans already are spending an estimated $3 billion on gambling in neighboring states. They pointed to a poll commissioned by gambling proponents that showed most Texans favor allowing gambling on existing Indian reservations. The tribe says if the pending legislation passes it would offer pull-tab games, bingo and poker and would run an alcohol-free casino. “The Alabama-Coushattas share the values of all good Texans — respecting God, family and country,” Battise said.”

Gaming board offers incentive for shutting down illegal gambling (The Morning Call, 05/01/07)
“For private clubs with a long-standing practice of quietly offering illegal gambling, the crackdown might be imminent. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced today that it will give $10 million over the next 14 months to police and law enforcement agencies that shut down its competition — illegal gambling operations. And some say that money might be all the incentive law enforcement agencies need to tighten their cleanup efforts.”

Internet gambling still illegal in Washington (The Online Wire, 05/02/07)
“Reports that the Washington State legislative branches have passed a bill amending the state’s anti-online gaming laws are false, the Governor’s office said today. “It didn’t pass through the legislature,” said John Lane, the Executive Policy Advisor for Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. The Washington State legislature posted results for HB 1243, prompting media outlets to report that the bill had passed and was on its way to the Governor’s office. The results were actually the votes for HB 1343, a Motor Vehicle Registration bill. An error occurred during the posting, according the Washington State Legislative Hotline.”

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