Florida internet poker bill dies

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By Nick Sortal April 13, 2011 02:21 PM

Attempts to regulate internet poker in Florida are dead for this year.

In January, Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, filed HB 77, which proposed intrastate online poker for Florida, with horse and dog tracks and jai-alai frontons offering portals to online poker rooms. The state was to get 10 percent of the revenues.

But the companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, died in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday, via a 2-2 vote.

"We'll definitely try it again next year," Abruzzo said.

The Poker Players Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based group that is backed by the internet poker vendors, such as PokerStars.net, opposed the state bill.

"We weren’t pleased with how the bill was drafted," said PPA executive director John Pappas. "We’ve always stated a strong preference for federal legislation."

Says Abruzzo: "We wouldn’t benefit as much as if we did it ourselves. It’s important we get this done."

It is not illegal to play Internet poker, but it's against federal law for a U.S. company to run an online poker room for money, as declared in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. Many in the United States play on poker sites through offshore accounts, and other countries have a broad range of regulations and fees.

Online poker confined to inside the boundaries of a single state wouldn't produce enough players, Pappas said.

The Florida Sheriff's Association also voiced opposition to the bill during Tuesday's hearing, calling it "internet crack."

Two other states had serious talks about intrastate online poker, but those efforts also have hit snags. According to media reports, Nevada officials amended a bill to suggest that the federal government approve online poker, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had a bill to add a variety of online gambling, vetoed it. Christie said legislative approval would constitute an expansion of gambling, which can be approved only by New Jersey voters.

Iowa, California and South Carolina legislators also have proposed intrastate online poker.

The District of Columbia approved online poker, as part of its 2011 budget.

All kinds of gambling has been discussed this year in Tallahassee. A bill allowing dog tracks to operate poker rooms without having live racing is still alive, while a proposal to add five large destination casinos across the state has stalled because the bill's sponsor objected to an amendment that lowered the tax rates for pari-mutuels.

Abruzzo noted that his version of the bill also has stalled because Rep. Steve Bovo, chairman of the House Business and Consumer Affairs Committee, resigned to run for Miami-Dade County Commission. That has put his committee in limbo.

"All the bills in that committee are stuck," he said.

Bovo favored the bill, he noted
 

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By Nick Sortal April 13, 2011 02:21 PM

Attempts to regulate internet poker in Florida are dead for this year.

In January, Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, filed HB 77, which proposed intrastate online poker for Florida, with horse and dog tracks and jai-alai frontons offering portals to online poker rooms. The state was to get 10 percent of the revenues.

But the companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, died in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday, via a 2-2 vote.

"We'll definitely try it again next year," Abruzzo said.

The Poker Players Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based group that is backed by the internet poker vendors, such as PokerStars.net, opposed the state bill.

"We weren’t pleased with how the bill was drafted," said PPA executive director John Pappas. "We’ve always stated a strong preference for federal legislation."

Says Abruzzo: "We wouldn’t benefit as much as if we did it ourselves. It’s important we get this done."

It is not illegal to play Internet poker, but it's against federal law for a U.S. company to run an online poker room for money, as declared in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. Many in the United States play on poker sites through offshore accounts, and other countries have a broad range of regulations and fees.

Online poker confined to inside the boundaries of a single state wouldn't produce enough players, Pappas said.

The Florida Sheriff's Association also voiced opposition to the bill during Tuesday's hearing, calling it "internet crack."

Two other states had serious talks about intrastate online poker, but those efforts also have hit snags. According to media reports, Nevada officials amended a bill to suggest that the federal government approve online poker, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had a bill to add a variety of online gambling, vetoed it. Christie said legislative approval would constitute an expansion of gambling, which can be approved only by New Jersey voters.

Iowa, California and South Carolina legislators also have proposed intrastate online poker.

The District of Columbia approved online poker, as part of its 2011 budget.

All kinds of gambling has been discussed this year in Tallahassee. A bill allowing dog tracks to operate poker rooms without having live racing is still alive, while a proposal to add five large destination casinos across the state has stalled because the bill's sponsor objected to an amendment that lowered the tax rates for pari-mutuels.

Abruzzo noted that his version of the bill also has stalled because Rep. Steve Bovo, chairman of the House Business and Consumer Affairs Committee, resigned to run for Miami-Dade County Commission. That has put his committee in limbo.

"All the bills in that committee are stuck," he said.

Bovo favored the bill, he noted

Only reason it failed is that enough money was not paid to those politicans involved. Florida is more corrupt than the Govt of Afghan. Florida is in the top 5 of most medicare fraud, cartheft, car jacking, corrupt politican at the local level,( a mayor and city council president was just recalled by 87% of the voters), murder, theft,house burglary, mortgage fraud you name they got it
 

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I think its better not to allow online poker in Florida. They have a high rate of crime activities, so, I just thought of that when the possibility came that online poker is then allowed at Florida, it may trigger a new criminal activity for criminals and syndicates within the region..


Get what I mean?
 

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Crime is everywhere in the State of Florida....drugs, mortgage fraud etc..you name it, we got it. Online poker and casino games are not going to make things any worse than they already are. The Indian Casinos are the ones that are worried about the competition. They are lining the pockets of the politicians here and it shows. In fact, maybe if people were allowed to enjoy some gambling activity from the privacy of their own homes it may take alot of the garbage off the street. Who knows...I for one am an advocate of the legalization of all online gaming. The good old USA needs to get with the program and allow its citizens the right to make their own choices regarding this issue, after all, isnt this suppose to be "The Land of the Free"????
 
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