On the heels of today’s launch of online casinos in New Jersey, an article in today’s Biloxi Sun-Herald describes a “watch and see” attitude with Mississippi legislators. The news that the topic will a matter of discussion again in this year’s session is promising, although real progress is still a long shot.
Representative Richard Bennett from Long Beach is quoted as saying that hearings and discussions are planned for the 2014 session, but he also says “I don’t believe we’re going to have anything come out on it this session.” It is at least clear that Mississippi is among the states closely watching New Jersey to see how their launch goes.
In each of the last two years, Representative Bobby Moak of Bogue Chitto has introduced a bill to enable Internet gambling in Mississippi, but both times the bill died in committee. It is at least heartening to see the topic still being considered, and with other states forging ahead, I think we’ll eventually get there. But I would be surprised if 2014 was the year.