November Elections Could Push Online Poker Forward in Several States
The upcoming midterm elections in November could have a major impact on the future of online poker in the United States. Several states are poised to push for legalization, while others could take steps in the opposite direction. Here is a look at three states where gambling laws could soon change.
Lawmakers in Michigan first began to push online poker legislation in April 2016. For two years, all igaming bills to come up in the Michigan House and Senate have stalled. Then in June of this year, an online gambling bill by Rep. Brandt Iden passed the House. It reportedly has a good chance of passing the Senate.
This year is a turning point for the Republican-dominated Michigan Senate. Nineteen of the state's 27 Republican Senators have reached their term limits. Though the future is still uncertain, the results are guaranteed to bring many new faces.
Online poker legislation has been tossed around in New York since 2016 with disappointing results. Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow has promised time and again that he was inches away from securing the necessary support but has yet to follow through. Will he ever be able to put online poker to a vote? Pretlow is running unopposed for his seat in the Assembly this year.
Of all states, Florida stands to experience the greatest change to its gambling laws in November. A November ballot proposal in the state could change the way all future gambling laws come to pass in Florida. It would take the power away from the state legislature and give it directly to state voters, requiring future referendums for any kind of gambling expansion.