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Nevada Governor Delivers Setback to Intrastate Bill's Chances

Legislation, 2011-04-12, by Ozone

The fight for legal online poker in the U.S. took a step backwards today when Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval stated in an interview that he prefers a federal approach to legalizing online poker. "I don't want the state to be in contravention of the federal law," Sandoval stated in an interview on "Nevada Newsmakers".

Nevada is currently weighing a PokerStars-backed bill that would permit online poker within the state and eventually seek to cater to residents of other states. Sandoval stated that, "If, indeed, the federal government legalizes online poker, the state of Nevada should be the one that sets up regulatory structure and the investigatory structure for those who seek licensing in that area."

William Horne, the Nevada assemblyman who introduced Bill 258, said that he intends to move the bill out of committee despite the governor's stance. It is unclear if Sandoval intends to veto the bill should it reach his desk.

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