|According to reports, the North Dakota State Representative Jim Kasper promoted a bill and state constitutional amendment during the 2005 legislature to allow North Dakota to licence and regulate online poker sites; a proposal that had won approval from the House.|
Kasper’s proposals would have taken effect in much the same way the UK Gambling Act will regulate and tax online gambling when it comes into force in 2007, and could have generated costs to cover state public services and reduce property taxes.
However following some approving noises in the House, the Department of Justice (DoJ) took action by writing to senators highlighting concerns about possible legal costs to oppose the DoJ, forcing proposals to be overwhelmingly defeated by the North Dakota Senate.
Commenting on the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), through its attachment to the unrelated Safe Port Act, Kasper said “I was saddened to see what the Republican Congress did. It was a terrible way to make public policy.'
The UIGEA is now thought to have extinguished any remaining hopes that Kasper had retained over re-introducing the proposals.