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US Online Gambling Momentum Tracker

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Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware all have some form of legal online gambling in place. But more states are likely to join them, perhaps as soon as next year.

Here is a look at the states we’re tracking right now. This list will update as events warrant. You can find a full legislative tracker here.

 

  Connecticut

   Momentum status: Slightly up (last updated May 31)

The lowdown: The Connecticut legislature adjourned on May 9 without resolving any gaming issues. Yet, the state remains on this list, and with a green arrow…

The US Supreme Court decision to allow state-regulated sports betting has sparked some chatter in the capital. Gov. Dannel Malloy says he wants to call lawmakers into a special session this spring to revisit that issue.

It seems online gambling could be part of that session, maybe used as a bargaining chip to garner tribal support. Any gaming bills will struggle to pass until the East Windsor situation is sorted out, however.

 

  Illinois

   Momentum status: Down (last updated May 31)

The lowdown: Illinois burst onto the scene as a contender to legalize online gambling last year, when the Senate passed a bill with ease. The House didn’t vote on the legislation, and slim hopes of something happening in 2017 came and went.

The conversation shifted to sports betting in 2018, and the omnibus route appeared as the most direct path for Illinois to pursue expansion in the short term.

Days before adjournment, Rep. Robert Rita rekindled a dormant casino bill, filing an amendment that spawned two hearings in the Gaming House Subcommittee. The changes include placeholders to legalize online gambling, daily fantasy sports and sports betting in one fell swoop. No provisions, just placeholders.

It was a bit of a false alarm. During the hearings, Rita indicated that all three of those articles require more work than can be done before adjournment. The amendment may have set the stage for the next round of discussions, though.

 

  Massachusetts

   Momentum status: Treading water (last updated April 26)

The lowdown: A over-arching gaming bill that appears to allow for online gambling surfaced this year. More here. The bill’s focus, however, is daily fantasy sports. A hearing was held on the bill in February. But since then, it’s been largely crickets.

The gaming commission in Massachusetts remains one of the most up-to-speed organizations when it comes to new forms of gaming. The latest example: It’s now preparing for the possibility of sports betting.

According to the Boston Globe, a panel currently studying online gambling is slated to issue recommendations this summer.

 

  Michigan

   Momentum status: Slightly up (last updated June 19)

The lowdown: It took until the very last day of the session, Michigan online gambling finally made some progress in the legislature.

The House passed the bill from Rep. Brandt Iden last week, sending it along to the Senate. The next steps will have to wait until the fall, though, as the legislature is on recess for the next ten weeks.

“When we come back in the fall,” Iden said, “this is going to be at the top of the agenda. Michigan should be at the forefront of that.”

Sports betting is also included in the bill as written, but it’s not clear if that will stick in the final version.

 

  New York

   Momentum status: Mostly dead (last updated June 22)

The lowdown: The New York legislature adjourned on June 20 without legalizing online gambling. Bills which had made progress in both chambers failed to come to a vote in either.

Assm. Clyde Vanel was the primary voice of optimism in his, predicting support to snowball. Sure enough, Assm. Gary Pretlow signed almost 60 co-sponsors onto his standalone bill. Pretlow asked Speaker Carl Heastie to help push the bill to a vote before the session ended, but there was never a real sense of progress.

Sen. John Bonacic’s bill came back to life, too, reported favorably out of the Finance Committee. It didn’t advance through Rules before adjournment, however.

Barring a special session this summer, NY online gambling is dead for 2018.