Delaware legalizes online gambling
By Hannah Mead
The U.S. Department of Justice clarified last year that a state may legalize online gambling if it is kept within the state borders. The Delaware bill requires geo-location software to limit gambling to people within the state.
Markell said the legalization would create "a couple thousand jobs" and help the state compete with casinos in neighboring states. Senate President Pro-Tem Anthony DeLuca said the bill would "keep Delaware at the forefront of developing new and better gambling options." The bill lowers taxes and fees for casinos, but the added gambling activity online is expected to be a net plus of $7.75 million in tax revenues for the state.
Due to opposition from the Governor, the bill did not include an amendment sought by the horse-racing industry that would have sent more money into race purses. The Markell administration did promise to reconsider the amount allotted for races after online gambling takes off.
The 21-member state Senate voted 14-6 in favor of the bill, with one member abstaining due to conflict of interest. One of the "No" votes came from state Senator Dave Lawson, who said, "We don’t need in-home gambling in this state; we have enough vices out there now."
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