Online-poker bill survives

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 01, 2011 7:20 AM

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A bill that if passed into law would make Iowa the first state to legalize online poker is still alive after surviving the funnel deadline in the Legislaturethis week.

Online gambling is illegal, untaxed, and unregulated in all 50 states, but federal law allows states to legalize online gambling within their borders.

Under Senate Study Bill 1165, Iowa would be the first state to issue online poker licenses to qualified businesses. People wanting to participate would register for an account at one of the licensed businesses, put money into an account at a local casino, and play poker on a regulated website.

Similar legislation is being considered in Florida and California.

The bill is still alive — it passed a Senate subcommittee March 14 — but Rep. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville, said he believes the legislation is “on life support.”

— by Hayley Bruce

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