Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., will ask the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday to conduct a study on how much revenue the U.S. could generate if online gambling were legalized nationwide.
The study is ultimately designed to challenge Congress’ 2006 enactment of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which prohibits the transfer of funds from a financial institution to Internet gambling companies.
Chad Hills, gambling analyst at Focus on the Family Action, said this is a promotion of online gambling disguised as research.
“Should any government – elected by the people, for the people to serve, protect and maintain order – be associated with an industry that exists through the exploitation of human weakness for the sole purpose of monetary gain?” he asked. “Gambling and its negative impacts more serve to decay and threaten our social fabric than to build and strengthen the very threads of society, which consist largely of marriage and the family.”
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