January 20, 2010 (PAP Newswire) — According to an article in today’s edition of the Florida Times-Union, the legislature in the Sunshine State might soon vote on whether to legalize and regulate Internet poker with its borders, continuing a trend of states to take this issue more and more seriously. (Read about California’s and New Jersey’s efforts to do the same.)
However, putting the issue to a vote doesn’t necessarily mean that online poker will be legalized. According to the article, there are three options: Legalization and regulation, a total ban (!), or simply to continue waiting for the U.S. federal government to come up with a law.
“The Legislature could also wait to see whether Congress intends to address Internet poker, which is considered illegal in the United States but is often operated by foreign companies,” writes Brandon Larrabee in the article.
“When the feds tried to [ban Internet poker], it didn’t really work,” said state senator Dave Aronberg, according to the article. “Is there anything that Florida can do other than allowing it to occur?” Read Larrabee’s article here.