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It’s the latest good sign for a state that has flirted with regulating iGaming for years but has not yet enacted a law.
Costa, the Senate minority leader, was taking questions on Twitter on Sunday about the state of budget talks in the state. While lawmakers have agreed on how to spend money for the state budget, they have not yet agreed on how to fund it.
One avenue the House and Senate seem bound to tap for new revenue is gaming. That includes regulation of online gambling, online poker and daily fantasy sports, among other things.
Costa took a few questions from those interested in the gaming package:
Online gambling appears not to be a controversial moving part, at this point. But there are plenty of other moving parts that may face more serious opposition. Those other provisions raise the possibility of the entire bill being scuttled.
That includes the desire of the House to authorize video gaming terminals in taverns throughout the state. While online gambling is in, VGTs appear to be out.
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Things will likely happen quickly, if and when they do, for the gaming package.
The bill — H 271 — is in front of the Senate Rules and Executive Nominations Committee. That committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, but the bill is not on the agenda as of now. The bill still needs to be amended with language that would receive a majority of votes in both chambers.
Once the bill gets out committee, it would then head to the full Senate for a vote, and then to the House for concurrence.
Nothing seems like a done deal, yet. But the fact that the minority leader is publicly planning on a vote on the gaming package this week is a good omen.