We've Seen the Last of RAWA for 2015

We've Seen the Last of RAWA for 2015 Rep. Jason Chaffetz had high hopes for the December 9th Restoration of America's Wire Act hearing because media coverage showed the public an overwhelming consensus for regulation and licensing of online gambling in the US and not the ban that RAWA represents.

His witnesses didn’t seem to do much to sway minds in favor of a ban. FBI witness Criminal Investigative Division Assistant Director Joseph Campbell said, "...online casinos - just like physical casinos - are potentially susceptible to criminal schemes and money laundering because of the possibility of criminals concealing their identity, location, and actual gambling activity”, a bit of testimony that clearly did not pointed out the similarity between online and land based gambling.

Campbell said that the FBI and the Department of Justice consider illegal gambling, including online gambling, a serious issue and have focused their time and energy on groups involved in the largest crime rings.

The majority of hearing attendees walked away without any new information related to RAWA and the dialogue was much more balanced than it was during the first hearing back in March. The recent discussions also seemed to result in the agreement that action should remain in the hands of the state rather than the federal government.

This is the end of RAWA for this year but 2016 will likely be filled with reviving efforts to bring the banning bill to the forefront once again.
  • The interest in reviving the RAWA is continuing to dwindle down to "0" and that is where it should end. The RAWA had a place in US history, but it's time and usefulness is "0ver" in the lives of today's Americans. The state remains the place where these decisions are made, limiting the power of the federal government, just as the founding fathers intended in such situations. In 2016, the federal government should to return to the business of the federal government and allow the states to continue their work as well, without all this doom and gloom about online gambling being sooooo bad.......
  • There doesn't seem to be a lot of political will behind restoring the old law banning state sponsored regulated online gambling. I don't believe the RAWA will return. There are too many states in the US considering using online gambling to enhance their revenues. And the arguments in favor of restoring RAWA must just not be there right now.

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