Meridian Star

Local News

November 26, 2013

Miss. lawmakers eye Internet gambling expansion

MERIDIAN — BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are watching Tuesday's launch of Internet gambling in New Jersey.

    House Gaming Committee Chairman Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, told the Sun Herald that hearings and discussions on Internet gambling are planned during Mississippi's 2014 legislative session.

    However, he predicted no action, saying he'd rather let Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware — the three states where Internet gambling is legal — work things out.

    "I don't believe we're going to have anything come out on it this session," Bennett said. "It's just too early right now," he said.

    But Bennett said he doesn't plan to wait for long. And when lawmakers do act, Bennett said he wants to license only companies that own casinos in Mississippi to provide Internet gambling.

    State Rep. Bobby Moak, a Bogue Chitto Democrat and longtime gambling legislation point man, introduced Internet gambling legislation the last two years and says he plans to try again in 2014.

    "You have to take some risk," he said.

    Moak said Internet gambling will give the casinos and state treasury a boost.

    Some websites claim online wagering is already legal in Mississippi because state legislation doesn't specifically ban it. But Allen Godfrey, executive director of the state Gaming Commission, said those claims are wrong.

    "Internet gambling is not a legal thing in Mississippi," he said.

    Internet gambling in New Jersey isn't restricted to residents, but a gambler must be in the state to wager and must be a club member of a New Jersey casino.

    Although New Jersey is ready to go with Internet gambling, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, PayPal and some of the other large companies won't allow wagers on credit cards.

    E. Eugene Johnson, senior vice president of market research and online studies for Spectrum Gaming Group in New Jersey said banks that stopped taking credit card bets in 2006, when the federal government outlawed Internet gambling, have decided not to take them now.

    In 2011, the Justice Department issued a letter saying online gambling is legal when it is allowed at the state level, but Johnson said state-by-state issues bump up against federal regulations on a number of points.

1
Text Only
Local News
Facebook
Helium debate
Helium
Twitter Updates
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide