|Nevada’s state gaming regulators last Thursday said they were unable to proceed with plans to draft legislation to regulate interstate online gambling, due to uncertainty over online gambling’s legal status under federal law.|
'The question about federal legality remains unanswered,' Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander said after hearing a presentation from the state's attorney general's office. 'I told the legislators last year that we will not go forward without a green light.'
The report analyzed the effect of federal laws on Assembly Bill 466, the Internet casino legislation signed into law by Gov. Kenny Guinn on June 14 last year. It was presented by Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rodefer at Thursday's Nevada Gaming Commission meeting. The report concluded that it could not ascertain the legal position.
This leaves Nevada in an uncertain position, as a state law passed last year requires regulators to prove Internet gambling’s legality before they can draft legislation enabling the state’s casinos to accept online wagers.
The delay means that big Las Vegas Casino operators like MGM grand will have to put plans for online offerings on ice.
'It's unfortunate that we'll be unable to allow international and interstate interactive gaming,' said Richard Fitzpatrick, president of the Interactive Gaming Institute of Nevada. 'Nevada will lose a lot of money. Our companies are going to have to operate from outside the U.S., but I don't blame the (regulators). They're following the law.'