Several states across the US have introduced some form of gambling legislation this year on such topics as land based casino gaming, online gaming, daily fantasy sports and more. The state of New Hampshire has joined the list of those interested in a gambling activity with the introduction of HB 562. Introduced earlier this month, the bill would remove online gaming from a list of gambling activities that are illegal as well as allow international operators to offer services in the state.
Robert Fisher, Nick Zaricki and Eric Schleien, House Representatives of the state, introduced the proposal which was supposed to be heard by the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday. So far, no update has been made on the matter.
HB 562 is titled Allowing Online Gambling and would actually allow online gambling to take place as a legal activity in the state based on current gambling regulations. Basically, the bill would change how iGaming is interpreted based on state law. If the proposal were to be supported by state legislators then it would come into effect on January 1st 2018.
Currently, the state’s gambling facilities are regulated by the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission with a portion of the revenues created by the facilities going towards charitable organizations. New Hampshire does not have a full-scale casino yet but there are proponents who would like to see them created. Card rooms are the only gambling facility available with games such as roulette and blackjack on offer.