Abruzzo: legalize, regulate and tax online pokerby George Bennett | March 2nd, 2010
Abruzzo says about 900,000 Floridians already gamble at sites run by unregulated “offshore operators.” He says his bill would bring in more than $200 million in revenue in its first year.
Abruzzo’s bill would allow an Internet hub operator based in the state to pay a $500,000 application fee to the state for a license. Operators would pay the state a 20 percent gross receipts tax. Abruzzo’s 42-page bill includes provisions aimed to combat money-laundering and gambling addiction.
Abruzzo’s bill has attracted the attention of the gaming industry. Here’s one take on it from casinogamblingweb.com.