Representatives of Wyoming rejected a call to consider online casino.
Wyoming will not consider the legislation of online casinos during the current legislative session. Representatives rejected in a house vote taking up iGaming legislation 25-36-1. They needed at least 42 votes in favor to advance.
Jon Conrad, Robert Davis and others were the representatives who sponsored the House Bill 120. This would have allowed the state’s Gaming Commission to issue up to five interactive gaming operator permits.
Davis, ahead of the vote, stated that this bill does several important things. It begins to eradicate the illegal iGaming market in Wyoming. That activity is taking place without any protections for their citizens who are playing these games. If they can install the guardrails to do this, it will roll out just like their sports wagering has.
The new proposed legislation would require operators to pay an initial $100,000 fee for a permit.
House Bill 120 would have allowed the state to issue at least five licenses for online casino gaming. It was one of dozens of bills with a failed introduction during the short session.
One of more than 70 bills that state lawmakers decided not to take further action on during 2024’s shorter legislative session.
Last February 7, R-Baggs or Rep. Bob Davis introduced House Bill 120. With operators paying a 10% tax rate, the bill called for the state to issue at least five licenses for online casino gaming. This also includes language that would have allowed the state to join a multi-state gaming compact to support WY online poker.
However, House Bill 120 did not receive enough votes to advance to the House floor. 25 votes in support and 36 opposed was garnered by the bill. It resulted in a so-called failed introduction. This term is unique to the Wyoming legislative process.