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The Weekly Orbit with Online Poker Legislation

Interest for online poker is on a heater of sorts after the Department of Justice letter in December paved the way for states to pursue intrastate industries.

Iowa State Senator to Try Online Poker Bill Again

The state of Iowa has long been one of the states included in the discussion of those that could possibly legalize and regulate online poker within its own borders.  There was some activity on that front last spring, but nothing materialized.  Now, with the recent Department of Justice (DoJ) reversal on the Wire Act, it appears that the ball may get rolling once again. State Senator Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls) told the Des Moines Register Tuesday that he has plans to introduce a new online poker bill to state legislature soon and expects it to be considered during the current session.  A catalyst for the bill seems to be the DoJ’s December clarification of the Wire Act of 1961 in which it confirmed that the law only makes sports betting over the internet illegal, rather than all gambling.  Even though the Fifth District Court ruled that it only applied to sports betting in 2002, the DoJ had always asserted that the Wire Act applied to gambling of all kinds.  The DoJ’s clarification appears to have changed the attitudes of state legislators around the country, allowing new opinions to be formed about not just intrastate online poker, but interstate online poker, as well.