(Australia).- A ban on cruise ship casinos has been lifted by the Western Australia government in a bid for the state to become a more attractive destination for cruise companies and thus generate additional revenue.
(Jamaica).- The government of Jamaica is looking to fast-track the regulation of online gambling, officials revealed during the recently held Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit. The Caribbean island nation thus wants to capitalize on the advancement of technology and the rapid growth of the iGaming sector.
(New York, US).- Last Tuesday, The New York Senate passed a bill — S 3898A — that would legalize and regulate online poker, continuing last year’s efforts and picking up where the Senate Finance Committee’s vote in May left off. The bill received a 54-8 vote.
(United Kingdom).- The European Court of Justice has ruled in favor of the United Kingdom in its dispute with Gibraltar’s online gambling operators. The industry will lose some of the tax privileges that have attracted so many companies to the overseas territory, where corporate tax is 10% and gaming companies pay a mere 1% on bets placed with them.
(United States).- The U.S. casino gaming industry has joined the broader U.S. travel industry to oppose a provision in President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal that would eliminate funding for Brand USA, 300-plus organizations announced through a letter to key Senate and House committees.
(Connecticut, US).- Lawmakers from the state’s largest cities are pushing for “mini casinos” for New Haven, Bridgeport and Waterbury before they’ll vote for the facility in East Windsor. With the legislative leadership agreeing to move the debate about a state budget solution to a Special Session later in the month; the decks are cleared from some of the more ‘hot button’ issues.
(Japan).- Casino legislation isn’t likely to appear in public until August at the earliest, and it likely won’t come up for debate in the legislature until next year, according to government officials.
(United States).- Last weekend, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill into law that legalizes eSports betting events.