Two congressmen have presented a bill that would seek to help tribal casinos implement online gaming.
US.- California Representatives Lou Correa and John Katko have introduced HR 4308, a bill that seeks to open the path to online gambling for tribal casinos.
Correa said that as more states legalise forms of online gaming, including sports betting, casino games, and poker, tribal nations face the risk of losing a revenue stream that has enabled them to improve education, health care, and housing for their communities.
He said: “This bill would clarify that, for purposes of tribal government gaming, the location of the wager occurs at the location of the server, unless a state and Indian tribe otherwise agree. Making this clarification will keep intact the current system of tribal gaming and eliminate any frivolous litigation.”
He added: “Congress needs to provide the clarification in my bill to ensure that tribal gaming is not relegated to the same fate as Blockbuster, but can move forward and thrive like Netflix in the era of the internet”.
This legislation is being proposed just ahead of a federal lawsuit intended to stop the gaming compact between the Florida state and the Seminole Tribe, which would allow online sports betting at tribal casinos in the Sunshine State.