Tag: Legislation

Government does a partial U-turn on casino entry fee plans

Sri Lankan government partial uturn
The Sri Lankan government appears to be backtracking on plans to introduce an entry fee for casino patrons. Last month, the government announced several..

Florida building for future without Seminole revenue

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Barring the most extraordinary of circumstances the state of Florida will be heading into the 2019 fiscal year without an agreed compact with the Seminole Tribe.

Land ahoy for Goa’s casino industry suggests CM

Goa Pramod Sawant India Chief Minister
Goa’s new chief minister may yet decide to push forward with plans to relocate the state’s floating casinos to a new land-based entertainment zone

Casinos on the cards for Barbados?

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The leader of the Barbados' main opposition party, Bishop Joseph Atherley, contends that the government is planing to legalise casinos in the island nation

Chamber of Deputies’ Tourism Commission gets behind casino gambling

Newton Cardoso Jr Brazil tourism
The president of the Tourism Commission, deputy Newton Cardoso Jr, stated that the legalisation of casinos separately from other gaming modalities would generate additional revenue, create jobs, and promote investment in the country.   During a recent debate, the Chamber of Deputies’ Tourism Commission lent its support to the legalisation of casinos in the country, which it suggested would contribute to...

State and Maine: Pine Tree State lawmakers weigh-up controversial third casino

Maine Tribal Casino
While tribal representatives have welcomed proposals for a third casino in Maine, the idea has met with resistance both from the state’s existing operators and county officials

Seneca Nation brings New York state dispute to DOI

Seneca Nation New York state dispute
The protracted dispute between New York legislators and the Seneca Nation looks set to continue after the tribe has claimed that a recent arbitration...

New regulatory amendment could be a game-changer for Irish market

Ireland regulatory amendment
Changes to the outdated Gaming and Lotteries Act are set to raise maximum stakes and prizes on gaming machines in Ireland for the first time in over half..

Myanmar on track to enact new casino law in May

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Following the April recess, Myanmar’s government aims to introduce new casino legislation which will legalise and regulate the country’s land-based market this May

AGEM hails passage of Nevada workforce bill

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The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today the passage by the Nevada Legislature of Assembly Bill 221. The bill expands the state’s technology and manufacturing workforce by giving those 18 to 20 years legal status as a "gaming employee" working for slot machine, systems, table game and component suppliers. Previously, Nevada statute prohibited any person under 21 from...

Demand for land-based gaming grows in Ireland despite outdated regulation

Irish Gaming Regulator David Stanton Gambling Legislation
While the number of gaming machines in Ireland continues to grow, the wheels of political change grind slowly, as the Irish government continues to drag..

Indiana Senate approves spate of gaming legislation

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A gaming bill that could redefine the entire Indiana market has passed Senate, with its fate now in the hands of the house. Senate lawmakers in Indiana have passed a “once in a generation” gaming bill that would allow two existing casinos to move premises, allow horse-track sites to operate table games and pave the way for sports wagering. It is...

Meghalaya state set to consider gambling legislation

Meghalaya, state, consider, gambling, legislation
The Shillong Times has reported that the Meghalaya legislative body is considering casino legislation as the first step in the establishment of a gaming area in the Indian state. According to the report, the government of the northeastern region is proposing the establishment of a new gaming venue in Byrnihat, Ri-Bhoi, with first draft proposals already under consideration. “There is pressure...

Tamaulipas looks at legalising casinos

Tamaulipas, Mexico, legislation, casinos
The regional government in Tamaulipas has agreed to look at legalising casinos in the state, following lobbying efforts by trade bodies. Following lobbying efforts by a number of business bodies, in November, the Tamaulipas State Congress confirmed that it is considering creating a regulated casino industry. The move marks a significant change in stance by the state government, which has previously...

Critics suggest slot machine legalisation could cannibalise casino industry

Puerto Rico, LEGISLATION, slot machine, casino industry
The new measure, introduced as part of Puerto Rico’s tax reform legislation, will legalise slot machines outside casinos, however its critics suggest that it could undermine the territory’s existing gaming industry. Both chambers of the Puerto Rican legislature have signed off on a new bill which will legalise slot machines outside casinos. The Senate and the House of Representatives approved the...

Goa’s government moves forward will plans for ‘casino strip’

Politics, ASIA, GOA
Local media reports suggest that Goa's floating casinos will be allowed to continue operations for a four-year period following the passage of the state's new gaming legislation which Delta Corp chair Jaydev Mody has welcomed as a potential “game changer” for the industry. In Goa, the government appears to be moving forward with plans to move the state’s six offshore...

Give us the law and we’ll give you a casino, say Virginian developers

Viginia, casino legislation, USA
An opening of the Virginian market would see two local businessmen channel funds into a new casino which they claim could be a lifeline to the local community. A pair of businessmen are hoping to drum up sufficient support for a proposed $150m casino in Bristol, Virginia - ahead of the state’s 2019 legislative session. The plans detail a 100,000 square-foot...

East African law firm predicts key growth for African countries ready to invest in gaming

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Talking ahead of the inaugural ICE Africa which is set to provide regulators and operators with an ideal platform to discuss the growing market, Amne Suedi, Principal at Shikana Law Group, a law firm operating within East Africa and based in Kenya and Tanzania, explores the where, how and who of investing in the diverse gaming industry across Africa...

Extremadura passes new IR law but lacks investors

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Extremadura has passed a new law allowing for the creation of integrated resorts, but the autonomous community now lacks investors after a major development project failed to pan out. The local government in Extremadura has passed a new bill which opens the door for the creation of integrated resorts in the autonomous community, but at present, the region lacks any...

Myanmar moves forward with new gaming bill

A bill that would authorise foreigners-only casinos in the South- east Asia state of Myanmar was submitted to the lower house of the country’s legislature on 21 August. The Gambling Bill 2018 will reportedly include amendments to an existing statute, the Gambling Act 1986. The Myanmar Times newspaper cited legislator Aung Hlaing Win, as clarifying that detailed rules and bylaws for...

Outcome of presidential elections could define Brazilian market opening

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With the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections set to take place on 7 October, pro-gaming candidate Geraldo Alckmin will face off against Jair Bolsonaro, a congressman known for his anti-gaming stance. Latin America’s largest economy has lived through a turbulent decade since the 2008 financial crisis, with proponents for the legalisation of gaming contending that the industry could...

Diet green lights casino legislation

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The second key bill for legalising integrated resorts in Japan has cleared its last major legislative hurdle, paving the way for the development of what some analysts estimate could be a $25bn market. Japan’s Integrated Resorts (IR) Implementation Bill passed into law on 20 July following a vote in a plenary session of the House of Councillors, the upper house...

Mexico unlikely to see changes to gaming legislation following AMLO victory

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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's win in the presidential elections suggests that Mexico is unlikely to see a modernised gaming framework any time soon, legal experts propose. Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in the Mexican elections on 1 July will mark a sea change for Latin America’s second-largest economy, as the country’s first self-described leftist president for decades takes the helm. The...

Goa’s casino industry in a ‘state of flux’

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With the industry no clearer as to when Goa’s floating casinos will move to a new land-based entertainment zone, Ranjana Adhikari of Nishith Desai Associates, gives an insight into the factors affecting state’s gaming industry. On a basic level, India’s political structure is similar to that of the US, with powers divided between the central government and the states. According to...

Brazil’s National Congress nixes key gambling legislation

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Plans to legalise land-based casino gambling have come unstuck in the Chamber of Deputies, while the Senate’s Committee on Constitution, Justice and Citizenship made an unexpected u-turn on its gaming bill. The prospect of the legalisation of gambling in Brazil is looking increasingly less likely as key legalisation has met with major setbacks in both chambers of the country’s National...

Data experts call for clarity on GDPR and AML

GBG data experts GDPR AML Peter Murray
A leading industry data expert has called for clarity from gambling regulators on balancing GDPR and AML   With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to impact upon the industry in May 2018, a leading identity data intelligence expert is warning of the regulatory conflict that may arise, and the unintended consequence that may hinder the industry’s attempts to...

Lucky for some: Cambodia’s new gambling bill

iGaming Times Cambodia
The Cambodian market is a game with two sets of rules: one for NagaWorld, and another for everybody else. Ben Lee, partner at Macau-based consultancy firm IGamiX, explains what provisions the country’s much-awaiting gaming bill is likely to make for these two classes of enterprise. Cambodia’s casino market is a feral world, where private people still barter for licences and...

Greek government aims to vote on casino reforms in January

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Athens is looking to vote on new gambling reforms this January but will they be a game changer in terms of spurring investment?   The Greek government is expected to vote on new reforms to the country's gambling legislation this January, with initial reports suggesting that the casino bill has the necessary political support required for passage. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos...

888 decision heightens interest in WrB Responsible Gambling Innovation

Sadie Walters WrB 888
Last week's announcement that 888 had been fined a record £7.8m for technical shortcomings which served to undermine its self exclusion processes, has given added importance and interest to the forthcoming WrB Responsible Gambling Innovation C-Level symposium organised by Clarion Gaming (September 12, OXO2, London). The fine followed a 13 month long investigation by the UK Gambling Commission which found...

Ugandan government pushes for new tax framework

ICR - Ugandan tax
As the state attempts to strike a balancing act between legislation that encourages investment while also combating a growing black market, could a recent proposal to split taxation between the player and the operator be a game changer for the Ugandan market?   Ugandans spent $44m on gambling activities last year, positioning the sector as a key source of revenue for...

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