Nevada gov. pushes interstate online gambling bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013
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Several other states began looking into online gambling after the Department of Justice issued a letter in 2011 stating that the federal Wire Act of 1961, often used to crack down on Internet gambling, only applies to sports betting.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett said he does did not anticipate any conflict with federal law if the state begins entering compacts with other states. Nevada currently permits online poker but no other type of Internet gambling, so the agreements would apply only to poker.

Christie on Thursday vetoed an online gambling bill that would have made New Jersey the third state to legalize online waging, after Nevada and Delaware. But he gave Internet gambling advocates a reason for optimism when he would sign the bill if it had a 10-year trial period and a higher tax rate on casinos.

Burnett, who helped draft Nevada's bill, said Friday that he was not troubled by the developments in New Jersey.

"We're following it, but I don't think that will hinder what we're doing here in Nevada at all," he said.

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Hannah Dreier can be reached at http://twitter.com/hannahdreier . Associated Press writer Matt Woolbright in Carson City, Nev., contributed to this report.