April 16: USA Regulation News Round-UpPublished April 16, 2014 by OCR Editor
While Massachusetts is likely to shelve iGaming regulation plans for 2014, Mississippi has set up a committee to study the subject while Pennsylvania's study is due May 1st.
Despite being one of the front-runners for online gambling regulation, recent comments by James McHugh, a commissioner on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have shown that online gambling regulation plans for 2014 will probably be shelved.
Speaking at the USA Online Gambling Forum at the Borgata in Atlantic City, McHugh said that in this session, the iGaming bill for Massachusetts will not pass. However, McHugh added that it is a "serious" effort. This is a serious change of tone seeing that only last month McHugh spoke optimistically about the state exploring online gambling, during the Massachusetts Gaming Commission iGaming forum.
While Massachusetts has had some high-profile advocates for online gambling regulation like State Treasurer and Gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman and State Senator Bruce Tarr, it seems that as of right now the more conservative voices have won the day. It is likely that Massachusetts will wait out and see how the new industries in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware fare before deciding if to join in.
Mississippi Studying Online Gambling
Lawmakers in the state of Mississippi have set up a committee which is to study online gambling and sports betting and their expected impact if admitted into the state. The committee is composed out of eight extremely diverse members, and its findings which will are expected by the end of the year will not include policy recommendations.
Mississippi has gone in the footsteps of the state of Pennsylvanian which appointed a committee to study online gambling admission into the state back in December 2013. Surrounded by legalized online gambling states Delaware and New Jersey, Pennsylvania is considered a candidate for regulating online gambling. The committee's deadline is the 1 st of May and its results are expected to have an influence on the future of online gambling in the state.