USA Online Gambling Legality Discussed in Congress

Published Sunday, December 13, 2015 -
USA Online Gambling Legality Discussed in Congress

The opposition to online gambling in the USA has been dealt a bit of a setback at the information only hearing  held in Washington DC to discuss RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act. Representative Jason Chaffetz  is Chairperson of the hearing which recently took place under the agenda of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing called, ‘A Casino in Every Smart Phone- Law Enforcement Implications’, covered issues regarding online gambling in the United States of America and its legality at the federal level.

Chaffetz is a supporter of the possible ban of online gambling activities using the Restoration of America’s Wire Act  legislation. Chaffetz is an ally of the gambling entrepreneur Sheldon Adelson who has spent enormous amounts of money in an attempt to lobby congress and have online betting eliminated in America. If the RAWA is approved and that appears to be in some doubt online gambling would be banned in the USA.

At the hearing lawmakers expressed their opinions on state controlled internet gambling and whether it would create more risks to gambling services consumers as well as the challenge presented to law enforcement compared to terrestrial casino gambling. Software that pinpoints the location of the punter called geolocating was also brought to the table for discussion.

Those wanting the federal ban on internet betting think that there is a greater chance that unlawful activity will get worse if online betting is allowed in the USA. The lobby group that wants legal internet betting says that regulation will create a safe and secure environment for players. This particular hearing revealed that many members of Congress are in support of allowing the individual states to decide their online gambling laws. It has been suggested that the RAWA legislation will not move forward this year but should be expected to be back on the agenda in 2016.


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