Online Gambling Possible in Vermont

A new bill H.186, introduced by Representative Clem Bissonnette (D- Chittenden 6-7) into the Vermont General Assembly, proposes to establish the Vermont Gaming Commission (VGC) to license, regulate and manage gambling and gaming activities in Vermont, including the operation of poker halls and home

Governor Shumlin tasked in September 2012 the existing Vermont Lottery Commission to investigate the possibilities of online gambling at a State level, and the Commission was expected to issue a special report on Internet gambling to the Legislature in January 2013.

Saying at the time that a favourable report on the opportunities to raise tax revenues from online gambling could generate funds for the Vermont state education fund, Shumlin now suggests:

"Internet lottery is going to be the wave of the future. I'm not suggesting that we won't sell tickets and I want to sell tickets because it's good for our downtown stores. But we also have to recognize that the technology is taking us to the Internet and the question is... what's the role of the Internet in our lottery for Vermont in the future. And we don't have to hurry but we better figure it out."

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