Some quick updates on the current state bills/actions:
Passed in the Assembly, so it is ready for votes in both Senate and Assembly. Senate vote is expected this month, but Assembly may not until at least September, after the summer break. Some mumblings of opposition to the bill are coming from Gov. Christie's office, but this seems to be political side-stepping to delay his signature-or-veto decision until after the November Presidential Election since he is a candidate to be Romney's running mate and therefore can't be seen as pro-gambling expansion. Adelson is also pressuring Christie to oppose the bill. There is also some political talk of sending the issue to public referendum, which at this point would mean pushing it off until November 2013.
The powerful Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations has come out as opposed to the current bill without further amendment. They want the bill changed to remove the "blanket waiver of tribal sovereign immunity", to limit licenses to currently licensed b&m operators and to remove the provision allowing expansion to i-gaming beyond poker after two years.
Meanwhile, bwin.Party has announced an agreement with the United Auburn Indian Community, a CA Indian tribe, to provide online poker if and when the CA legislation is passed.
The MA amendment to the state budget bill for Internet poker is confirmed dead. State Rep. Winslow intends to push legislation for it again next year.
The march towards regulation and licensing of intrastate online poker rolls on. Cards in the air may be achieved by the end of the year. Ceasars doesn't really view NV intrastate i-poker as a viable business without more states coming online or federal legislation.
They are struggling to figure out how to bring lottery sales online, with some states considering other gaming as well. None are talking about poker at this point.