Friday, September 24, 2021

Tag: Legislation

Georgia state senator to double down after gaming bill blocked

Casino Review - Georgia state gaming bill
A proposed gaming bill in the State of Georgia requiring venues to pay a 20 percent tax on gaming revenue has been voted down by the regulated Committee.   Proposed legislation that could have seen a referendum on the construction of two resort casinos in the Peach State is dead for at least another year after failing to make it past...

Vietnam lifts its last line of defence on betting

Casino Review - Vietnam line of defence betting decrees
In a bid to expand the tax base and attract more inward investment, Vietnam’s Communist Party lifts its last line of defence, issuing two decrees in February that would allow its citizens to engage in casino, racing and international football betting.   Change is afoot in the old-Old World, a vast corner of the planet once awash with anti-gambling sentiment. In recent...

North American law-makers to exchange best practice in gaming legislation

Casino Review Helene Keeley International Legislator’s Day
Helene Keeley, State Representative from Delaware and William Coley, State Senator from Ohio confirmed for International Legislator’s Day visit to ICE.   Helene Keeley, State Representative from Delaware and William Coley, State Senator from Ohio to participate in the International Legislators’ Day, hosted by the British Parliamentary All Party Gaming & Betting Group, and in ICE Totally Gaming. Visiting London on the...

Bangladeshi social clubs gain temporary gambling reprieve

Casino Review Bangladeshi social clubs gain temporary gambling reprieve
Following government ruling to cease all gambling activity immediately, clubs in Bangladesh have been granted eight weeks to implement the new legislation.   Clubs in Bangladesh have been given an eight week reprieve while they await the outcome of a High Court ruling on whether they can host gambling activities. At the beginning of the month, the High Court directed the Bangladeshi...

Moldova passes tougher casino regulations following licensing issues

Casino Review Moldova passes tougher casino regulations following licensing issues
The Moldovan government has established a monopoly on all types of gambling, with the exception of casinos - which will face tougher regulatory requirements following a new bill passed this December.   The Moldovan government has enacted new legislation setting out the criteria for those hoping to operate a casino in the small eastern European nation. Passed by the country’s parliament on...

Uruguay creating new legislation to permit cruise ship casinos to remain open

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A new bill has been proposed in Uruguay which would allow cruise ship casinos to keep their casinos open while in the country’s waters.   Lawmakers in Uruguay are in the process of drafting a new bill to allow visiting cruise ships to open their casinos while in Uruguayan waters, with the object of encouraging the vessels to extend their stay...

Florida legislators ready to compromise for Seminole Tribe compact

Casino Review Seminole Tribe
Debate on whether slot machines should be legal in Florida counties still raging in state’s House and Senate chambers.   The House and Senate chambers in Florida remain in disagreement on whether or not slot machines should be allowed in eight of the state’s counties, despite voters in those counties having approved the motion. The two chambers, however, agreed that they are...

Polish government plans new gambling laws

Casino Review Polish Government
Seven years after the introduction of its restrictive gambling law, the Polish government is considering new legislation that will once again permit sports betting and online poker in the country, in addition to nationalising slot machines, allowing them to operate under national lottery laws.   In a recent interview, the country’s deputy prime minister, Jaroslaw Gowin, has confirmed that the government...

One small step for man, one giant leap for Japan

Casino Review Japan Legislation
Following several false starts, Shinzo Abe’s casino bill has finally taken off. At last, Japan is within touching distance of legalising casinos following a House of Representatives vote backing the country’s giant leap forward.   Japan took a step towards legalising casinos at the start of December, fulfilling a long-held ambition of PM Shinzo Abe and moving closer towards opening a...

British Parliamentary Group to host international legislators in February

Casino Review Philip Davies ICE Totally Gaming
Day’s programme to include visit to ICE Totally Gaming, international policy seminar, tour of a betting shop, bingo hall and London casino and reception at the Palace of Westminster.   While authorised and regulated at the state level, gambling faces challenges and undergoes developments that transcend national boundaries. To facilitate the exchange on gambling policy and share best practice from around...

Paraguay Moderne:National regulator drafting gaming legislation for 21st century

Casino Review CONAJZAR Paraguay
Paraguay to offer improved gaming legislation and potential online gaming opportunities according to CONAJZAR.   While the full potential of the country’s legal industry has yet to be attained, Paraguay has shown promising growth in recent years. The president of Paraguayan regulator CONAJZAR has stated that in addition to a streamlined casino licensing process, proposed new legislation could also offer online gaming...

US congress to review federal gambling laws

Casino Review US Congress Legislation
US congress committee lays out plans to update gambling legislation and tackle illegal sport betting.   As a recent study by the AGA estimates that the US loses $149bn a year to illegal sport betting. All the more reason why Congress is set to review federal gambling laws, a move which could eventually lead to new legislation covering sports betting and...

Taiwan casino bill rejected by residents

Casino Review Taiwan Bill rejected
Residents of Taiwan’s outlying Penghu archipelago have voted overwhelmingly against legislation that would have paved the way for a new wave of casino resorts near China’s south-eastern seaboard.   The Penghu government said in October that voters had rejected the idea of authorising casinos as a means of driving tourism to the island chain. The referendum results showed 26,598 votes against...

Paraguay gets serious on slot regulation

Casino Review, Paraguay, slot, legislation
A new regulation from Paraguay’s gaming authority will attempt to put an end to underage gambling nationwide.   In an effort to clamp down on minors illicitly playing slot machines, Paraguay’s National Gaming Commission (Conajzar) has issued “an import resolution” which will restrict slot placement in bars, pharmacies, restaurants and other high-street retail environments. According to the resolution, as of September...

One more time, for luck: Abe tries (again) for casinos in Japan

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Ahead of the next Olympic Games, the next few months will seemingly prove decisive for the fate of the LDP party’s integrated resort bill.   According to a report by the Financial Times, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic party (LDP) is to try and legalise casinos once again – as a parliamentary committee prepares to meet in Tokyo to finalise the agenda...

“Gamble until you die” – Duterte U-turn on online gambling crackdown

Casino Review Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
The Philippine’s president has announced that he is willing to allow a resumption of online gambling within certain conditions.   Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, appears to have softened his stance against the gambling industry and  has stated that he is prepared to allow online gambling after all. Immediately after taking office Duterte added online gambling to his hit list of vices and...

Poland approves Gambling Act amendments

Casino Review, Poland, Gambling Act, legislation
The Polish government has approved a series of amendments to its Gambling Act that will see an increased focus on player protection, a relaxation of certain land-based laws and the introduction of an expanded catalogue of online games.   The Polish Council of Ministers has approved a series of amendments to the country’s Gambling Act, which, it argues, will help reduce...

Asia News: Legislation, Transparency, Grand Prix and Michelin Stars

Asia News Taiwan
Asia News round-up   Macau and Mainland China revise tax contracts to increase transparency Specific areas of tax legislation were revised in a recent meeting between Mainland China and the Macau Special Administrative Region to push for fairer and more transparent taxation in the region. The meeting in Beijing between Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong Vai Tac, and the Deputy Administrator...

Poker flounders in New York whilst fantasy sports open up

Fantasy Sports DFS
An online poker bill has failed to pass the New York assembly despite approval from senators – just as the state opts to regulate DFS.   Despite the New York Senate having voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing online poker within the state’s jurisdiction, a draft bill has failed to find traction in the state’s lower house. Local senators voted to pass senator John...

New online gambling rules approved by Czech senate

Milos Zeman Czech Senate online
The Czech Republic has taken a step closer to introducing new legislation that will create a licensed online gaming framework, after the proposed law was approved by the national senate. Last month, the Czech senate voted 42- 0 in favour of the legislation, with a total of 23 abstentions. The country’s president, Milos Zeman (pictured), now has 30 days to...

Brazil legislation hastened by Rousseff’s departure?

Brazil Michel Temer
The government of Brazil has continued to make sounds that it is moving towards the legalisation of casinos and other regulated gaming activities, with the country’s minister for tourism publicly stating that the new interim leader supports the bid to pass gambling legislation. “The idea is to legalise all kinds of gaming,” stated minister Henrique Alves. “Today’s gaming is carried...

Table revenue record in Pennsylvania, but free-play under threat

Pennsylvania Tom Wolf
Table game takings for the month of March reached a record high in the US state of Pennsylvania, according to the state’s Gaming Control Board (PGCB). Across the region’s 12 casinos, table revenue amounted to $77.9m (E67.6m). The result equated to a like-for-like increase of 11.7 per cent, and was more that $5.7m (E4.95m) higher than the previous monthly record,...

Hopes fade for casinos in Japan by 2020

Aki Tsuruoka Resorts Bill
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has declared the country’s hotly-anticipated Integrated Resorts Bill will not be discussed during the current ordinary Diet session, which ends on June 1. Speaking exclusively to International Casino Review, Akiyoshi Tsuruoka of Gaming Capital Management News said any further delays to the discussion of the new legislation would make the prospect of integrated resorts...

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