Internet Gambling Bill Passes Nevada Senate

Legislation to legalize Internet gambling passed the Nevada Senate on a 17-4 vote Monday and was sent to Gov. Kenny Guinn. The Associated Press reported that Internet gaming could be worth $6 billion to the state's casino industry by 2003.

The measure was approved even though the United States Justice Department considers Internet gambling illegal. The pari-mutuel industry fought that battle last year when it attempted to gain exemptions for account wagering in federal legislation.

Internet gambling provisions were included in legislation designed to create a uniform work-card system for casino employees. Before anything takes place, the state Gaming Control Board and state Gaming Commission must draft and adopt rules to govern Internet gambling.

Legislation to allow Atlantic City casinos to offer some games on the Internet has stalled in committee in New Jersey.