Congressional Gaming Caucus There for Internet Wagering

Published Saturday, May 04, 2013 -
Congressional Gaming Caucus There for Internet Wagering

Holly Wetzel, a spokesperson for the American Gaming Association in Nevada commented that more than half the members of Congress represent districts in states that have regulated legal gambling. The re-instatement of the Congressional Gaming Caucus is a welcomed announcement for the gambling industry protecting the industry’s interests and the promotion of its many benefits.

Joe Heck, a Republican from Nevada and Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi will co chair the Caucus. Thompson, commented, “If we truly want to promote economic development and jobs, we must begin to work with businesses that exist in the communities we serve, like the commercial gaming industry,’’ It’s important to keep gambling issues at the “forefront of the congressional conversation,” commented Heck, and to “advance responsible federal policies that will allow the gaming industry to continue to thrive as the national job-creating engine it is.”

With the movement in states to consider online gambling bills, it’s important to be involved. “It seems likes its expanding pretty rapidly,” said Greg Lemon, a spokesman for Heck, “It’s an opportunity to bring members from states who have a renewed interest in gaming issues into the fold.”

“The timing is right,” Wade Duty, executive director of the Louisiana Casino Association, which represents 17 commercial casinos in the state commented, “As more states look at the concept of Internet-based gaming, most are hopeful that there will be some kind of federal uniform framework as the different states authorize it.” “There are certainly issues coming up that are going to affect our industry,” Wetzel continued to say, ”The American Gaming Association supports efforts to have federal regulations for online poker.” She said a patchwork of different state regulations could be confusing for consumers and more difficult to monitor. “It’s clearly going to happen, but it’s a matter of what form it takes.”

Duty concluded, “At least if you’ve got congressmen talking,” they would move toward the concept of a uniform structure.”

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