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Cloud federal online poker legislation issued by the State

Written By: Maya Michaels | October 31, 2012 | Posted In Poker News

The National Governors Association (NGA) has published a letter to leaders in the United States Senate and House of Representatives in opposed to the offered legislation that could see some kinds of online poker and off-track horserace wagering legalised.

In its correspondence delivered to Senate majority leader Harry Reid and Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell along with House of Representatives leaders John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, the NGA said that it is against the draft Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012 bill because of states rights issues.

The letter authored by Governors Steven Beshear from Kentucky and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania read “On behalf of the nation’s governors, we urge you again to involve the states collectively in the development of possible legislation to regulate Internet gaming,”

“[The] NGA has reviewed draft Senate legislation that would prohibit Internet gaming, whether interstate or intrastate, except off-track horse wagers and licensed online poker. As you know, states that authorise gaming in whatever form derive significant revenues critical to help fund programs for education, senior citizens, military veterans, and other important services.

“The draft would pre-empt emerging state regulatory authority recently established by the US Justice Department under a reinterpretation of the federal Wire Act, which could restrict state revenues derived from gaming. We oppose the draft Senate legislation in its current form as an unnecessary pre-emption of state authority.

“We urge Congress to engage with us during the entire legislative process on matters like this that could pre-empt or otherwise alter the authority of states.”

However, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has recently disagreed with the NGA’s opinion by announcing his support for the federal legislation. The Republican stated that online gaming is ‘inevitable’ and that the co-sponsored bill represents a ‘sensible federal approach’.

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