A new bill has recently been introduced that will allow the state of Texas to opt in to any future federal bills that regulated online poker. The bill was introduced by Texas State Senator Leticia van der Putte, calling for the word for word adoption of federal online poker laws and for federal law to supersede any conflicting state laws.
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More importantly, however, van der Putte’s proposal calls for the state to adopt its own online poker laws under the auspices of the Texas Lottery if progress isn’t made on a federal level.
The proposal calls for the amendment of Texas’ current state legislation and state residents will vote on the idea in the November 2013 elections.
Some of the wording of the 3 page proposal:
“If a federal law is enacted that establishes a licensing program to license the operation of online poker facilities and that allows any state the option of applying the law to authorize licensed online poker facilities to accept bets for online poker games from individuals located in the state, this state is considered to have opted into the application of the law and the operation of any internet gambling facility in this state is subject to the provisions of the federal law, and the operation of any internet gambling facility in this state is subject to the provisions of the federal law.”
In recent years, efforts have been made by several Texans to change online poker laws on a state or federal level. Texas House Representative Joe Barton has made attempts to introduce laws that would result in a framework to regulate online poker in the United States.
While Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada have already introduced intrastate online gambling regulation, Texas could be the first state to adopt federal laws if and when they are introduced due to the latest proposal.