Bill to Legalize Online Gaming in Hawaii Fails to Pass


04/16/2012
By Debra SaundersGoogle

House Bill 2422, which was introduced on January 25th, has failed to pass in the Hawaii state legislature. The bill, sponsored by Representatives Joseph Souki, Faye Hanohano and Angus McKelvey would have legalized online casino games, including online poker, in the state.

House Bill 2422 would have established a Hawaii internet lottery and gaming corporation to manage internet gaming and top online casinos in the state. The corporation would “provide consumer protections and capture additional revenues for the benefit of the State that are currently flowing offshore to unregulated internet gambling operations.”

H.B. 2422 also called for making the legal online casino gambling age 18, as opposed to 21. Players would have had to play within state borders, but there was language in the bill that may have allowed for residents of other states to play in Hawaii as well.

Revenue generated from online casino games and top online casinos would have been used for improvements in projects across the state, including public schools and the University of Hawaii, scholarships and educational loan repayments for medical students who practice in Hawaii for 10 years, support for the family practice rural residency program, watershed protection, and reduction and prevention of problem gambling.

The move to bring an online casino games bill forward was hastened in part by the U.S. Department of Justice’s clarification on the terms of the Wire Act of 1961, which stated that online online sports betting is illegal, not other games such as poker.

There were two other bills that accompanied H.B. 2422, House Bill 2316, which would have established a lottery commission and legalized lotteries and House Bill 2379, which would have legalized casino gambling.

 

 

 

 

 


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