N.H. bill aims to decriminalize online poker

New Hampshire lawmakers are mulling a new measure, House Bill No. 562, which would allow online casino gambling, including poker, across the state.

The new bill is a short 3-page proposal, and in its current form it would simply decriminalize online gambling and poker for casinos that are within the borders of New Hampshire. However, it doesn’t suggest if the state would look at licensing and regulate online gaming providers.

The proposed measure exempts online gambling from gambling offenses mentioned under RSA 647 of the Granite State. In simple words, it would remove the likelihood of being arrested for gambling or playing poker over the internet.

The newly-announced legislation reads, “This bill exempts gambling done over the internet from gambling offenses under RSA 647. The Department of Justice to date has neither investigated nor prosecuted online gaming offenses and therefore does not expect this bill to have any impact on expenditures.”

It also acknowledges the potential effects that it may have on the state lottery. Authors of the bill admit that it may have an indeterminable impact on state lottery and charitable gaming revenue.

Many other states, including California, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Hawaii, are also mulling similar measures to legalize online poker.

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