Members of the European Parliament Petitions Committee have denounced the disproportionate and repressive enforcement measures imposed by the Greek authorities in relation to the Stanleybet customers and intermediaries illegally arrested in November 2008, urging the European Commission to speed up its investigation of the Greek law which prohibits betting operators legally established in other EU Member States from setting up their services in Greece.
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Attempts by Delaware lawmakers to legalise poker and other table games at the state's casinos reached fruition Thursday when Governor Jack Markell signed legislation authorising table games following a vote in favour of the bill in the Senate.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, who gained international notoriety with his 2008 attempt to seize the domain names of international online gaming sites, yesterday proposed a state budget which anticipates a $780 million contribution from gambling revenues.
In an attempt to further attract online gaming companies and related businesses to the white-listed jurisdiction, the government of the Isle of Man has announced changes to its gambling regulations which will allow online gaming companies to base non-gambling related activities and operations on the island without the need for an online gambling licence.
The Remote Gaming Association may be waiting to see what happens in the French parliament before it seeks to challenge the country's new gaming legislation, but according to a report in the local press, bookmaker Stanleybet has already acted to challenge the new laws.
Advocate General Bot of the European Court of Justice has issued an opinion against the German prohibition of sports betting in a case involving Winner Wetten, confirming that the superiority of European law over national gaming legislation does not allow for any exception or transitional period.
A bill has been introduced in the U.S state of New Jersey which would authorise Atlantic City casinos to offer online gambling to residents within the state. The move follows publication of figures last week by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission which showed a 13% fall in annual casino revenues to $3.9 billion in 2009, the lowest return in twelve years.
The Finance Committee of the French Senate has introduced an amendment to the country's draft gaming bill which could see Chinese style censorship of search engines to block the listing of unlicensed online gaming operators.
While the French government presses ahead with plans to liberalise its online gaming market, with the Finance Committee of the Senate set to vote on legislation on January 19th, the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has announced that it will consider mounting a legal challenge if the French gambling bill is passed in its current form.
The Gaming and Parimutuels Committee of the Delaware House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill which seeks to authorise tables games such as poker, blackjack and roulette at the state's casinos. The race is now on to pass the bill into law before the end of January in order to compete with neighbouring Pennsylvania which recently enacted its own table games bill.
The European Court of Justice continues to work through the mountain of referrals which it has received concerning gambling and gaming legislation in Member States, with cases involving Sweden and Austria appearing before the court tomorrow.