The bill — HB 1114 — was “reintroduced and retained in present status’ — the bill originally appeared in 2015. That is a procedural step that allows the bill to be considered by the legislature.
If the bill isn’t considered in committee during this session, it will die at the end of the session. A source in the state House indicated to Online Poker Report that there are no current plans for the bill to move forward.
The bill is the same as the first time it was introduced. Some of the key points:
While online poker is legal and regulated online in just three states — New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware — Washington takes it a step further. In 2006, the state passed a law making it a felony to play or operate online poker in the state.
The state explicitly bans online poker, despite the fact that poker is available throughout the state in tribal casinos and cardrooms.
Last year, Woodard wrote that it “will take a real lobbying effort to bring this to fruition.”
The online poker bill comes at an interesting time for online gaming in general, through the lens of daily fantasy sports. Washington is currently one of six states where no DFS operator is active, because of laws already on the books.