Utah Goes Forward with Anti-Online Gambling Legislation

Republican politician makes good on his promises

After the announcements that anti-online gambling legislation will be introduced in the US state of Utah, it appears that Republican Representative Stephen Sandstrom plans to remain true to his word and is pushing forward his bill HB108 in the state House.

Namely, the purpose of the bill is described as: "....to prevent Internet gaming including gambling that could be conducted on handheld devices, which are not always necessarily connected to the Internet. This legislation would also block the possibility of Indian casinos coming to Utah. Through a specific opt-out provision, H.B. 108 is a direct response by the state of Utah to H.R. 1174, currently under review by the U.S. Congress that would legalize online gambling in the states unless individual states proactively opt out."

In addition, Sandstrom repeated that Utah should be kept free on internet and tribal gambling, adding: "We want to keep Utah free from the negative impacts of legalized gambling. Without courageous leadership to block Internet gaming, Utah could see Indian casinos popping up statewide in just a few years.

"Utah is only one of two states that prohibit any form of gambling, Hawaii being the other. Unfortunately, this could change soon because Hawaii is currently considering legalizing gaming, leaving Utah to fight the principled fight against legalized gambling on its own."

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