Gambling Regulatory Deadlines to Watch in June

Mariam Solomon, Mackenzie Joyce

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May 31, 2024

Each month, we leverage data from our gambling regulatory updates to bring you a glimpse of the key response deadlines and legislation effective dates coming up, so you can plan and take action around some of the most important regulatory developments unfolding right now.

In June, there are 15 regulatory deadlines on the horizon — with 5 key consultation periods coming to an end and requiring a response, and 10 actionable deadlines to be aware of coming into effect.

What are the regulatory deadlines to watch in June?
West Virginia

Two gaming bills signed into law by Governor Jim Justice take effect June 6, 2024. House Bill 4700 permits the West Virginia Lottery Commission to propose rules for the banning of sports-betting patrons who have been determined as posing a threat to the safety of patrons or participants of a sporting event or as engaging in a pattern of conduct of harassing a sports official, coach or any participants.Meanwhile, Senate Bill (SB) 751 authorizes online charitable raffles "to create a practicable way for charitable and public service organizations to raise funds." The bill clarifies what entities require a license, authorizes certain online raffles without a license, and sets out detailed application and licensing information for online charitable raffles.

Separately, a third bill approved by the governor takes effect June 7, 2024. House Bill 5568 enables the collection of gaming data by West Virginia University and permits the sharing of such data for research purposes. The university will be permitted to analyze transactional data and other metrics related to gaming operations in the state as of March 1, 2024. Under the bill, "transactional data and metrics" includes demographic data, usage data, utilization of responsible gaming features, account suspension, complaints and financial information, including deposits, withdrawals, bonus usage, balance statements and bet-level data. All data will be transmitted in an anonymized manner and exclude personally identifiable information. 

Arkansas

On May 6, the Arkansas Racing Commission (ARC) unanimously approved opening a new 30-day application period for a license to build and operate the state's fourth and final casino in Pope County. The reopening of the application period represents the third attempt by the ARC to issue Pope County's casino license following a 2018 referendum authorizing four licenses in the state. Previous efforts have resulted in state courts voiding two attempts at issuing the license, with the latest representing the voiding of the Cherokee Nation Business license in October 2023. The application window closes on June 11, 2024. The application and scoring criterion can be found here. Following the end of the application window, ARC commissioners will have 30 days to choose a new licensee for Pope County. 

California

The California Gambling Control Commission released revised third-party advertising regulations for cardroom licensees on April 29. The revised rules include a requirement for advertisements to include the name of the cardroom, a statement that participants must be at least 21 years old to gamble, and any reference to a game will need to include the Bureau of Gambling Control’s (BGC) approved name, or the BGC’s approved alternative name for the offering. Under the revised regulations, third-party providers of proposition services would not be permitted to create or place any advertisement for a cardroom unless it has a contract to provide such advertisement for a cardroom licensee. Additionally, any website or social media landing page operated by or under the control of any cardroom or third-party provider licensee must include a responsible gambling message, a web link to the California Office of Problem Gambling that provides information and referral services for problem gamblers. The 45-day public comment period ends on June 13, 2024, after which a hearing will be held to address the public comments and proposed regulations.

Ukraine

The adoption of the resolution on Resolution No. 566 on "Some issues of countering the negative consequences of gambling on the internet" enters into force on June 11, 2024. The resolution introduces the following provisions:

  • Prohibition on multiple registrations of a player with an online operator.
  • Requirement to introduce mandatory breaks in a game for each player.
  • After registering a player or before accepting a bet, the operator is mandated to set daily, weekly or monthly limits to the player's expenses on the game, with the possibility of changing such a limit no more than once a month.
  • After registering the player or before accepting a bet, the operator is mandated to introduce daily limits on the maximum time of continuous play for each account and maximum playing time per week.
  • Blocking access to illegal gambling websites by the National Commission.
Netherlands

On April 17, 2024, the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) announced that the Responsible Gaming Policy Rules that were set to enter into force on May 1, 2024, will now come into force on June 3, 2024. The new rules emphasise timely recognition of signals that indicate excessive gambling, with a requirement for providers to identify such signals within an hour. Additionally, if a player makes a net deposit exceeding €700 (€300 for young adults aged 18-24) in a calendar month, the provider must contact the player, request proof of income and prevent further deposits until verification is completed. On June 3, 2024, the majority of the amended Policy Rules will immediately come into effect, excluding new provisions that require significant IT adjustments at online providers which will come into effect on October 1, 2024.

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