Casino Watch Focus has reported many times that after an Obama Administration ruling several states have legalized online gambling and many others are looking to do the same. As these states look to increase their gambling expansion, groups are gathering together and sending a message to Congress – Strengthen the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. An online source explains:
Family-centric groups in 13 states are calling on Congress to block states across the nation from legalizing Internet gambling, saying the societal costs will far outweigh the benefit to tax coffers.
They want Congress to strengthen the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act “to ensure its clear intent that the Internet not become a giant online casino.”
The groups are from Wisconsin, Kentucky, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Hawaii, Georgia and Tennessee.
“The bottom line is we are The Family Foundation, and expansion of gambling through casinos or online is targeting one group only: moms and dads,” said Kent Ostrander, founder of The Family Foundation of Kentucky. “It’s an effort to separate a family from its assets. The family is the building block of any society, and yet it is the most vulnerable institution in that society.”
The Obama Administration ruling is leaving families vulnerable to the dangers of gambling and opening the doors for underage gambling. Preventing these attacks on the family is the biggest motivation of these groups:
“We are going to find ourselves with more broken homes and families than we can afford,” [Ostrander] said.
The groups sent letters to congressional leaders on Wednesday asking them to strengthen the Internet Gambling law to make it clear that online betting is not what lawmakers wanted. “We must protect our children and families from the destruction of safeguards Congress has previously established,” they wrote.
Referring to the Justice Department’s December interpretation of the law allowing in-state Internet gambling, the groups wrote that the decision “unleashed actions by a growing number of revenue-hungry state governments to turn the Internet into the largest casino ever, and welcoming into homes a greater social cost than any government can handle. This action is undermining Congress’ clear intent when it passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006 that online gambling should be prohibited.”
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