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by Card Player News Team |  Published: Apr 16, 2010


Florida Introduces Intrastate Online Poker Bill HB 1441 Would Tax, Regulate Poker A bill to legalize online poker within the state of Florida was filed in early March as the Florida Legislature became the first state legislature in the country to introduce an online poker bill. HB 1441, The Internet Poker Consumer Protection and Revenue Generation Act of 2010, would, according to the 42-page bill, “create a framework for the state to regulate Internet poker sites that can ensure consumer protections and additional revenue to the state by authorizing, implementing, and creating a licensing and regulatory structure and system of Internet poker.” State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo (D-Wellington) filed the bill. He estimates that about 900,000 Florida residents gamble online, and says the bill would generate more than $200 million a year. Florida is facing a $3.2 billion deficit. The state would collect revenue by charging a $500,000 fee to one ...

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