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Internet Gaming Battle Gets Attention in both Washingtons

August 8, 2012 | Posted by Masse, Chris | Print this page
With the likelihood of lifting the Federal 2006 ban on Internet gambling looking inevitable, more tribes, including the Tulalip Tribes here in Washington state, are lining up to support the effort and have a say in the legislation.

The battle lines are now being drawn on Capitol Hill over who will regulate Internet gaming.

Last week the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs released a "discussion draft" of the Tribal Online Gaming Act of 2012 which would allow tribes to:
• “carry out online gaming...”
• “provide for the regulation of tribal online gaming…”
• “promote and encourage online gaming as a means of generating tribal revenue…”

Interestingly, regardless of how this fight is resolved in Washington DC, the State of Washington already has its own state legislation barring Internet gaming. For more on how this issue is playing out in this Washington, see The Olympian.

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