Opposition and Support For Legal Online Poker In America

Published Tuesday, December 04, 2012 - Online-Casinos.com

The Republican dominated American Congress is facing major problems with the American economy and tough decisions must be made in order to save the country from fiscal doom. The so called lame duck session in Congress has a bill before it that could effectively legalize online poker on a federal level.

The bill known as the Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012. The act was proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, and Minority Whip Jon Kyl, a Republican representative from Arizona. The act has just received the blessing and support of the American Gaming Association. The Association is saying that it is important that the bill pass during this session of Congress or suffer the consequences, “widespread legalization of all types of online gambling and a state-by-state patchwork of regulations that puts gaming patrons, problem gamblers and minors at unnecessary risk.”

The President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Arch Gleason, one of the organizations opposing the bill says there is “a sense of urgency,” adding, “If this attached to legislation, this can have a negative impact on state lotteries and how their funds are raised for public benefit.” “It unfairly limits the states’ rights to determine their own destiny,” Gleason continued, “The states stand to lose a fair bit of money if they decided to opt in because of the restrictions in the bill.” Another group who has voiced opposition to the proposed bill, is the the National Governors Association which echoes the same sentiment as the Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

The NGA has noted the current arrangement states that “authorize gaming in whatever form derive significant revenues critical to help fund programs for education, senior citizens, military veterans, and other important services.” The passing of the proposed law as it stands will neutralize efforts of individual states to legalize other forms of online wagering that may benefit their citizens.

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