Government looking at the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Control Act of 2014
May 30, 2014
The new bill that the federal government is not considering any forms of online gambling as it happened with the Restoration of America’s Wire Act bill that has been recently introduced by both senators Lindsey Graham and Jason Chaffetz. This new bill has been shaped to satisfy the needs of those groups that oppose the online gambling industry such as Sheldon Adelson and the Native American tribes that own many of the land-based casinos in the United States. These groups are trying to keep the same monopoly that has made them who they are and, of course, the online gambling industry would be a fierce competitor. The bill carries the title "Internet Gambling Prohibition and Control Act of 2014" and, all we know is that, is coming from one of the casinos based in the Silver State of Nevada, as per Nevada's journalist John Ralston. Both bills are based on the fact of banning companies from offering an online service like land-based casino games. This compromise bill is creating a million of rumors on what the federal government might want to do with the online gambling industry in the country. So far, the bill is being considered as the best option for online gambling to survive to this election's year. The bill has to be approved, something practically impossible to conceive as an online gambling bill will not get the attention of any voters during an electoral year.
On the other hand, the American Gaming Association, the primary association that takes care of the gambling industry in the United States, was already anticipating changes in Washington D.C. The bill draft came out public right a few days after the American Gaming Association announced that it was no longer going to continue participating in the Regulated Online Gambling's debate. The AGA has been trying to help the US Congress to come out with a bill that can unify the online gambling industry in a federal level, of course, always taking into consideration each states' policies: "US Congress should enact strong minimum regulatory standards that would provide a uniform set of protections for consumers while respecting states' rights to choose what is in their best interests".
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