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Florida lawmakers to meet next month to formulate gambling legislation

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Florida legislators will meet over the next month to formulate a legislation regarding gambling industry in the state.  The state’s current gambling deal with the Seminole tribe expired last Friday.

State Representative Jared Moskowitz steered clear of any controversies, stating that talks with lawmakers have been going on for some time now and all parties involved have yet to reach an agreement. Moskowitz further added: “Before anybody gets too excited or upset on the issue of gaming, I would remind them that for the past five years we have not been able to do anything on this subject.”

Moskowitz confirmed that an exact date for the special session had not yet been reached.Democrat Moskowitz has also come under fire recently for his strong opposition against his fellow Dems in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting in Florida, describing their slow actions for stricter gun laws in the state as “procedural games.” Despite Moskowitz efforts, gambling remains a very difficult issue facing Florida lawmakers. Florida’s House of Representatives has shown little support for gambling expansion in the past, despite overwhelming public support. The Senate, however, wishes to push forward broader gambling measures that would allow for daily fantasy sports operations, as well as slots, and greyhound and horseracing.

State Representative Joe Geller, a Dem whose district includes Broward county, and the top Democrat for the Tourism & Gaming Control Subcommittee stated, “It’s obviously a matter of serious concern to our community. I don’t know exactly what the upshot of these recent talks are going to be. We tried to get someplace during the session…. We thought we might be making some progress and it was very abruptly shut down. I think if there’s a good solution that can be found it would be great. I’m not sure how close we are to having one.”

When asked for comment, State Senator Bill Galvano confirmed that though there have been discussions regarding the future of gambling in Florida with the Seminole Tribe, no solid ground has been reached. The ineptitude of republican leaders has political analysts less than optimistic about seeing benefits from coming talks. Florida lawmakers fear that if actions are not taken soon, the Seminoles will discontinue their annual payment of $300 million to the state in order to retain exclusive rights to their casino-based table and slots games on Seminole land within the Miami-Dade and Broward areas. The Seminole tribe of Florida started setting up bingo halls and casinos on their lands ever since tribal sovereignty was established, making them immune to the gambling laws set by the U.S. Federal Government.

The future of gambling legislation is not just a hot issue in Florida, but has recently made headlines countrywide with the focus on sports betting and New Jersey. A decision on whether or not to allow sports betting in the Garden State was delayed earlier this week with the next possible date for action pushed to April 17. New Jersey leaders have been demanding the legalisation of sports betting for the state due to the benefits of increased revenue, but the U.S. Supreme Court recently challenged the state’s demands to change the law that currently limits sports betting to just four states in the U.S.

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Norway’s Stortinget Passes Gambling Advertising Amendment

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The Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) has approved a legislative amendment aimed at preventing offshore gambling operators from advertising their services to consumers in the country via the internet.

The amendment grants the Norwegian Media Authority (Medietilsynet) the power to order internet service providers and media companies to prevent access to illegal marketing.

“This [amendment] will reduce the scope of gambling advertising, and may in turn help reduce the number of problem gamblers,” Abid Q. Raja, Minister of Culture and Gender Equality, said.

“[Previously] we have not had the necessary tools to enforce the advertising ban on foreign operators. But with this provision, the Media Authority is empowered to impose a duty on internet owners and distributors to prevent access to advertising for illegal gambling,” Raja added.

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Sweden’s Spelinspektionen Submits Match-fixing Regulations for EC Approval

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Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has submitted new rules on match fixing to the country’s National Board of Trade, for the board to notify the European Commission of the changes, and has conducted an impact assessment of the rules.

The new rules would limit betting to the top four divisions of football. Also, betting on Swedish Cup would be limited to matches featuring teams from the top four tiers. Markets for matches involving foreign clubs would only be permitted when each participating team is from the top four tiers of each country’s footballing pyramid. Operators would only be able to take bets on international matches from under-21 level upwards.

Last month, when it announced the plans to ban betting on lower-league matches, Spelinspektionen also proposed banning betting on training matches or friendlies entirely, but opted to continue to allow international friendlies.

In addition, betting must not be offered in the event of a rule violation such as a yellow card or penalty in football, while betting must not be offered on individual performance of anyone under 18 years of age.

Also, licensees will be required to produce annual reports on potential match-fixing activity.

The new rules on match fixing can only take effect after the EU Commission has given its opinion, which takes just over three months. Spelinspektionen said the rules could come into effect no earlier than the end of 2020.

“Match fixing is considered as one of the biggest threats to sports today and as a result of this as well against betting and the companies that provide betting. There are, as far as can be judged, great risks in offering bets on games at low divisions in football,” Spelinspektionen said.

“Monitoring from both sports federations and the media is lower and the athletes do not make money and are thus more vulnerable. There is also a risk of athletes or whole associations coming in contact with match fixing at lower levels and then taking the problem up through the pyramid with any sporting success,” it added.

Spelinspektionen also said it was aware of the risk that the restrictions could apply in encouraging more players to play on unlicensed sites.

“The unlicensed gaming market is never further away than a click on your computer or phone,” it said.

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Australia’s ACMA Moves to Block 10 More Illegal Gambling Websites

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is set to request Australian internet service providers (ISPs) to block 10 more illegal offshore gambling websites.

The sites to be blocked are Grand Fortune Casino, Raging Bull Casino, True Blue Casino, Free Spin, Two Up Casino, BoVegas, Cherry Gold Casino, Slots Empire, Red Dog Casino and Wild Joker.

ACMA received over 30 complaints about these services that are accessible in Australia. ACMA’s investigations found that these sites breach the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

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