RAWA Hearing Date Approaches

RAWA Hearing Date Approaches

The Restoration of America's Wire Act Congressional hearing date of December 9th draws closer and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, Jason Chaffetz, has dubbed the hearing

“A Casino in Every Smartphone - Law Enforcement Implications.”

Chaffetz is a supporter of and has previously attempted to further the bill in the House back in March, which backfired as he selected a biased and inaccurate witness. His witness list for the upcoming hearing has not been released to the public but observers expect to see more of the same.

In related news, US online gambling expert Michelle Minton published an article addressing the false information presented by those opposed including Sheldon Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling.

The article was published on the Competitive Enterprise Institute website and Minton makes the valid point that regulated online gambling in the US is often thrown into the same category as illegal offshore operations.

"Supporters of a nationwide ban on Internet gambling claim legalizing the activity would increase crime and fuel terrorism. But all the evidence - including the two-year experience of various states with regulated online gambling - belies those claims," Minton wrote.

"Preventing states from legalizing and regulating online gambling would simply push American online gamblers back into the black market, where crime is far more likely. In addition to being ineffective, a national online gambling prohibition would be unconstitutional. Regulation of Internet gambling is not a matter covered by any of the enumerated powers granted to Congress by the Constitution, and, as such, falls under the 10th Amendment jurisdiction of the states."

Minton’s entire article is available here.

  • Yes and no one thinks that Adelson has a biased viewpoint on the matter...no, no conflict of interest here just what is good for the public...Online gambling is a proven success all over Europe, so I find it hard to believe it won't spread all over the United States as there are so many advantages to legalizing and regulating it as opposed to continuing on with prohibition.
  • I hope this gets what it deserves! What is worse, the crooks at the land based casinos where they hijack the machines so they don't pay out or the "chance" at the on line ones? I prefer the on line casinos cause I can relax at home and not have to fight with people over a machine. Taxing the on line casinos can bring revenue where it is needed. I guess the powers that be haven't yet figured out a way to hijack theses machines yet, that is why they are fighting so hard to ban them.

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