Illinois legislators file online gambling bill

The bill proposes a tax rate of 12 per cent of adjusted gaming revenue.
The bill proposes a tax rate of 12 per cent of adjusted gaming revenue.

Online casinos could be legalised in Illinois if the bill passes the House Rules Committee.

US.- Two lawmakers in Illinois have filed a bill that would legalise online casino gambling in the state.

Representatives Robert Rita and Jonathan Carroll filed Under House Bill 3142 which would allow Illinois’ casinos to apply for internet gambling licences.

The bill, also known as the Internet Gaming Act, would grant each licensee up to three skins or contact with up to three internet management providers.

Licences would cost $500,000, while a licence renewal would cost $250,000. The proposed tax rate is 12 per cent of adjusted gaming revenue.

The bill is currently under evaluation at the House Rules Committee. If it passes that hurdle, the Illinois Gaming Board would have 90 days to develop emergency rules so that activity can begin as soon as possible.

Mobile sports wagering is currently permitted in Illinois, and the activity has helped to make up for lost revenue caused by casino closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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