New York Online Poker Bill Finds New Support in Assembly
New York's online poker bill has found a new champion in the Assembly. Assemblyman Clyde Vanel already has the support of 13 co-sponsors for the bill and believes he can secure 60 to 70 more. Vanel chairs the Assembly subcommittee on the Internet and New Technology.
Vanel is a young Democratic lawmaker who assumed office in 2016. He is pushing bill A5250, a measure to classify poker as a game of skill in New York. He says the bill is already picking up traction and will make it out of committee in the next few weeks.
According to Vanel, online poker has a good chance of getting through the Assembly this year. His optimism brings a dramatic change from the slow and painful process that online poker-faced in the Assembly up until now. Vanel is the first optimistic champion for online poker to come out of the Assembly.
Even if Vanel is unable to push his online poker measure through the Assembly as quickly as he predicts, his commitment to the issue is promising. Vanel has a tenacious political history dating back to his first attempt to get elected in 2009. After multiple failed attempts, Vanel finally succeeded to secure a seat in the Assembly in 2016.
New York was a frontrunner in the race to legalize online poker this year until earlier this month when revenue from igaming was cut from the state budget. With this new development from the Assembly subcommittee on the Internet and New Technology, the state is suddenly back in the running.