State may look at expanding gambling enforcement

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Nearly all gambling in Wyoming is illegal, but what agency investigates infractions and enforces the law in cases of legalized gambling – or who investigates when an illegal form of gambling is uncovered in Wyoming – remains unclear.

Some have said there are more than 400 illegal slot machines operating in the state, and there is no one central clearinghouse for enforcement. The cost to investigate a single illegal slot machine can be exorbitant, and local agencies have been hesitant to foot the bill.

As such, in early October, the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Travel, Recreation and Cultural Resources Interim Committee voted to move forward with a bill that would dedicate more state resources toward gambling regulation. If approved in the 2020 legislative budget session beginning Feb. 10, a statewide gaming commission could be created.

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Category: Gambling Enforcement, Gaming