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New push for online gaming in NYS

Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- A key downstate lawmaker has pitched a plan to legalize, license and tax Internet poker in New York state.

The legislation from Sen. John Bonacic (R-42nd District) would amend state gambling laws to license up to 10 operators to offer online poker games, specifically including Texas hold em.

Operators would pay a $10 million licensing fee and a tax of 15 percent of their gross revenues.

There's no companion bill in the state Assembly, and Bonacic, who chairs the Senate's gambling committee, said Monday he doesn't expect the proposal to pass this year. But he said lawmakers must begin considering how to regulate the growing industry.

Internet gambling is now allowed in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. Several other states are expected to consider legalizing online gambling this year.

 
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