Casino Watch Focus has reported that an Obama Administration ruling on the 1961 Wire Act last year opened the door for states to allow online gambling. Gambling expansion debate in Florida has primarily focused on new mega casino’s and local slot machine referendums, but now A Tallahassee ABC news affiliate is reporting that a bill to allow the purchase of lottery tickets online has been filed:
The legislation, Senate Bill 266, was filed by Fla. Senator Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) on January 17. The measure is co-sponsored by Fla. Representative Joe Gibbons (D-Hallandale Beach) through House Bill 275.
The bill would give the Department of the Lottery the right to create and administer a program that provides for the sale of lottery tickets online, without using an online lottery retailer. Customers would be able to buy a ticket “via a subscription mechanism,” according to the bill. The department would also be able to create the rules governing the online sales.
WTXL spoke with Senator Margolis, who said that the move was a “good idea.” However, she said that officials have “nothing to rely on” when it comes to how online lottery programs are performing in other states.
Only two states have such programs and opposition ranges from upset retail outlets to concerns over easy access and underage gamblers. The bill is in its early phase, so there is still time to contact your local representatives.
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