The regulated online gambling market in the United States is rapidly expanding. Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have passed online gambling bills over the past year. New York, California, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts are expected to legalize some form of online gambling in the near future. The National Council of Legislators From Gaming States (NCLGS) has created a new set of guidelines for states trying to legalize online gambling.
The NCLGS proposed these new guidelines in November. They have spent the past six months drafting them and hope that they will aid states that are in the process of drafting online gambling bills.
James Waldman, the president of the NCLGS, said that the organization is committed to defending state rights and helping state governments choose the best online gambling framework. He said that the guidelines will evolve over time, but feels that the NCLGS is confident that the initial guidelines will be beneficial for states.
Some advocates feel that legalizing online gambling at the national level would be ideal. The NCLGS prefers legalization on a state-by-state basis, but might support a federal bill that allows states some latitude to regulate their own markets. Their guidelines could encourage federal lawmakers to support a bill that gives discretion to state lawmakers and gaming regulators.
The NCLGS has clarified that the proposals should only be viewed as guidelines. They said that state lawmakers will need to adapt legislation that addresses specific problems in their own jurisdiction. The recommendations don’t delve into much detail on issues such as player fund protection, because there are so many different ways to address them. The organization intends to add more detail to these sections over time.