CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The bets are on -- Nevada has crossed the finish line in the online gaming race becoming the first state in the country to legalize internet gambling.
It's also the first major bill Governor Brian Sandoval has signed into law. News 3’s Capitol correspondent Mackenzie Warren was in Carson City to watch history unfold.
Gov. Sandoval made the following statement after signing Assembly Bill 114, internet gaming legislation:
“This is an historic day for the Great State of Nevada. Today I signed into law the frame work that will usher in the next frontier of gaming in Nevada. This bill is critical to our state’s economy, and ensures that we will continue to be the gold standard for gaming regulation.
“I want to thank Assemblyman Horne for his work on this very important issue, and Senate and Assembly leadership for making this legislation a priority. This effort shows what we can accomplish when we put our party labels aside and work together as Nevadans.”
The bill, heard by a Joint Judiciary Committee hearing this morning and approved by the Legislature this afternoon, removes the provision requiring federal legislation or Department of Justice approval before online gaming licenses are made active, effectively establishing online gaming in Nevada. The bill also requires the Nevada Gaming Commission to adopt regulations authorizing the Governor to enter into agreements with other states to conduct interactive gaming.
Assembly Democrats earlier in the day passed the bill that provides Gov. Sandoval the ability to enter into compacts with other states and ensure that Nevada remains the gold standard in gaming.
“I want to thank Majority Leader Horne and Governor Sandoval for pushing this critical legislation. By passing this bill in an expedited manner, we continue to send a signal to the nation and the world that Nevada is the capital of gaming. This legislation will combine our stellar regulatory infrastructure with larger markets that are seeking to legally participate in online gaming” said Speaker Kirkpatrick.
The show of support for this bipartisan bill indicates that members of both parties and houses can work together when so much is at stake for Nevada.
“The bipartisan nature of this bill shows that there’s opportunity this session to kick ‘business as usual’ to the curb. As we have said from the first week of this session, we are committed to working together across party lines to build a better Nevada. This bill shows what can happen when we put aside dogged ideology and do what is best for the state” said Speaker Kirkpatrick. “I look forward to continued cooperation as we move forward throughout the session.”Nevada Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis
released the following statement responding to the passage of online gaming legislation today:
“By passing this bill, we have ensured that Nevada maintains its global leadership in gaming while also creating good-paying jobs for the middle class at a time we desperately need them. This bipartisan bill demonstrates that both parties in the legislature can work together to do what is right for the state of Nevada. I hope the Governor and my Republican colleagues in the legislature will continue working with Democrats, like they did on this legislation, to build a better Nevada by creating jobs and fixing our education system.”