An 11 member Gaming Policy Committee of Nevada shall be meeting on Wednesday at Las Vegas in order to talk about the recommendations that have been made for the 2013 legislative session regarding the concern of real-money online poker. This Gaming Policy Committee is being headed by Gov Brian Sandoval. The main suggestion probably is the removal of certain clauses from Assembly Bill 258. This Bill is the very foundation of the online poker regulations and is the reason why online poker was bound into regulations in the first place.
According to the law, Nevada must wait for an authorization from the Department of Justice or then secure a federal bill in order to initiate intrastate activity. This shall probably be in early 2013. The regulators of Nevada are making sure that they shall not be obstructed in their course of action.
The exact words of the Commission Chairman Peter Bernhard can be quoted as, “In all due respect, Governor, I don’t think you’re going to get a [DoJ] letter saying you can do whatever you want.” He gave this statement in June and seems quite determined ever since.
Other possible recommendations shall also be discussed at this meet which include the fortifying the post-licensing regulatory standards meant for the internet poker companies. Until now, two of the many web based poker companies have received their licenses for card playing on the internet and the third is likely to receive it license on Thursday after the Gaming Commission shall give its approval.
The meeting that shall take place this Wednesday is not an ordinary one, not in the context of the topic under consideration but because it is being convened after a long period of 30 years. Also, this will be the fourth time that the Committee is meeting this year. Since the matter under concern is internet gaming, many of the states have also taken it up for discussion and because of this, the Committee had to convene again.
There is a chance that one more meeting shall take place before the Committee sends its work to lawmakers for 2013. But, it should be noted that, the recommendations made by the Committee are not binding and may be accepted or rejected. However, it is likely that the Committee will put great emphasis on its own recommendations so that those who shall pass the law will have a clear picture of what they are dealing with.