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The bill would restore an interpretation of federal law that prohibited Internet gambling in the U.S. until 2011, when the U.S. Department of Justice clarified that the UIGEA does not take away the rights of individual states to regulate i-gamingn (other than sports-betting).  This new bill does not contain a grandfather clause that would allow states that regulate and tax i-gaming to continue legally.  The legislation from Graham, who is running for president, would carry out the goals of Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner who has put big money behind a campaign against online gambling. “It is unfortunate that Sen. Graham and Sen. Rubio and several colleagues have chosen to carry Adelson’s water in the U.S. Senate,” said Kristen Hawn, a spokeswoman for the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection, a pro-Web gaming group funded by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp.
J. Gary Pretlow who chairs the Racing and Wagering Committee of the New York State Assembly wrote, “RAWA’s attempt at a federal prohibition of online gambling could directly and negatively impact New York by foreclosing the future potential of the New York lottery to use the Internet for sales. It will also preclude the legislature from new tax revenue and to create economic and employment opportunities. “It would also prevent New York from pursuing the regulatory approach to Internet poker which has been under review by the legislature and which several states have already successfully implemented...
“As the eyes of the nation are focused on South Carolina following the recent tragic event, I think I speak for most Americans when I express profound disappointment in Senator Graham for choosing this time to advance a bill for the sole benefit of a billionaire political donor,” said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. “Congress made the decision to adjourn early so they could attend services on Friday in Senator Graham’s home-state. Unfortunately, Senator Graham has not reset his priorities and picked a very unfortunate time to engage in the Internet gaming debate.”

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