Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing federal and state battles regarding online gambling. Each year it seems someone in Congress brings forth new online gambling legislation. So far, none have been successfully passed, but an Obama Administration ruling on the federal Wire Act has opened the door for all kinds of online gambling legislation and discussion. Earlier this year, Casino Watch Focus reported that the FBI warned of the dangers of money laundering, cheating and fraud. This year is no different and new legislation and discussions are being advanced. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has joined the dialog and penned a letter to Congress urging them to oppose online gambling and uphold the traditional interpretation of the Wire Act. The Miami Herald reports:
In a letter to congressional leaders on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the governor urged Congress to clarify that the federal Wire Act bars online state lottery sales and reverse a Department of Justice ruling last year that opened the door to internet gambling.
“Allowing Internet gaming to invade the homes of every American family, and be piped into our dens, our living rooms, our workplaces, and even our kids’ bedrooms and dorm rooms is a major decision,’’ the governor wrote in the three-page letter. “We must carefully examine the short and long-term social and economic consequences before Internet gambling spreads.”
He urged Congress to “step in now and call a ‘time-out’ by restoring the decades-long interpretation of the Wire Act.”
The driving organization behind Gov. Scott and other GOP governors is the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling. They have echoed the recent FBI statements and believe it poses a very real and serious threat to families. The Miami Herald continues:
The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling warns that if these efforts are allowed, there will be little to no control over who is exposed to gambling. Children and gambling addicts could have unlimited access to games as they play in the comfort of their homes on lap tops and tablets, the group warns, and organized crime and international terrorists could use the enterprises to hide capital and launder money.
“We appreciate you consideration of our views,’’ Scott wrote, “and look forward ot working with you on developing a sensible policy that protects Americans and preserves the traditional role of the states in controlling gambling within their borders.”
A complete version of Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s letter is available courtesy of the Miami Herald HERE. For more information on the dangers of gambling, please visit CASINO WATCH & CASINO WATCH FOUNDATION