Governor Sandoval says urgent action needed for interstate online gambling bill

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Updated: 2/08/2013 1:36 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is building on the low-grade rivalry between Las Vegas and Atlantic City by urging lawmakers to pass a bill to expand the state's online gambling market nationwide.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested Thursday that he'd be open to legalizing some form of online gambling.

Sandoval said Friday that the statement underscored the urgency of acting quickly to put Nevada at the forefront of the burgeoning market.

Assembly Bill 5 would allow Sandoval to enter into agreements with other governors to let companies offering online poker in Nevada accept wagers from players in other states.

The Republican Sandoval said he wanted the bill passed within 30 days, and announced that Democratic Assemblyman William Horne would carry the proposed legislation.

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