Internet Gambling Legislation to be Introduced Again

Biloxi, Miss.

Mississippi lawmakers are watching the launch of Internet gambling in New Jersey.

House Gaming Committee Chairman Richard Bennett, a Long Beach Republican, tells the Sun Herald that hearings and discussions on Internet gambling are planned during Mississippi's 2014 legislative session.

However, he predicted no action, saying he'd rather let Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, the three states where Internet gambling is legal, work things out.

But Bennett says he wants to license only companies that own casinos in Mississippi to provide Internet gambling.

State Rep. Bobby Moak, a Bogue Chitto Democrat and longtime gambling legislation point man, introduced Internet gambling legislation the last two years and says he plans to try again in 2014.

He says Internet gambling will give the casinos and state treasury a boost.

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