Republican Politicians Speak Out on Online Gambling Ban

Republican Politicians Speak Out on Online Gambling Ban An article in the Washington DC publication in The Hill suggests that attempts to implement a tougher Wire Act are actually being used to provide a "time-out" for lawmakers giving them the opportunity to further educate themselves on gambling.

Republican politicians, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, are for a ban on online gambling and the reinstatement of the Wire Act.

The two politicians say: "We unequivocally oppose the legalisation of online gaming. However, whether one supports or opposes online gaming, there are valid reasons to subject this far-reaching decision to public scrutiny."

They’ve said that the DoJ policy reversal "...unleashes the potential for a completely unregulated gambling industry to be imposed nationwide," the duo suggest rather belatedly that such a fundamental change in policy should be "...driven from the bottom up, not imposed from the top down. A full and fair hearing process is the right approach. We should hold Congressional hearings, consider legislation, have a public debate and hear the whole spectrum of arguments on this topic before ultimately taking a vote."

Chaffetz and Graham also said:

"It’s hard to see how the rollout of an [federally] uncoordinated and unregulated new gambling industry wouldn’t be botched. In states where casinos operate legally, they are subject to strict regulation. However, online gaming implicates a host of issues that traditional brick and mortar gaming does not."

The full article is available here:
  • The Wire Act was about sports betting and organized crime during the 1960's. The US has come a long way since then, but we still have a long way to go. Several states have online internet gambling. It would be crazy to go backwards with outdated ideas.
  • but landbased casinos are ok ? lol
  • corrupt politicians !

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