Legal online poker will not appear on Massachusetts ballot

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Sep 07, 2009 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

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Massachusetts Attorney general Martha Coakley ruled against including a ballot question on legalizing online poker stating the form did not meet the legal requisites to be included on the ballot.

In order for the state of Massachusetts to add the issue to their ballot they require a certain threshold to be passed, and the legalization of online poker failed to meet the 66,593 requirement. So, for now online poker in Massachusetts will remain in a legal limbo; where it is neither expressly forbidden nor legal.

The issue has been raised in several other states since iMEGA’s legal battles over UIGEA legislation. The ruling handed down by the court was that UIGEA enforcement would be left up to the states. Massachusetts was seen as key state to get the ball rolling on legalized online poker: Not only is the state home to Barney Frank who is seeking to legalize online poker on the federal level, but Massachusetts is known to be a very a liberal state, with a state house that is 11 to 1 democrat.

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