• Senate Committee Meets Today to Discuss Internet Gambling Ruling

    13 February 2012

    Newspaper

    There has been another call to action today for Congress to federally regulate online gambling in the United States.  A Senate Committee in Indian Affairs meets today to discuss the impact of the recent reversal of opinion of the U.S. Department of Justice and how it would concern Indian tribes.

    Max Waxman of Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative release the following press release:

    (Washington, D.C. – February 9, 2012) – A Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing today will explore how Indian tribes could be impacted by the recent U.S. Department of Justice opinion that permits states to allow all forms of online betting that do not involve sports. After numerous hearings over the past months on the opportunity to regulate Internet gambling, Michael Waxman, spokesperson for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, issued the following statement that calls on Congress to adopt federal legislation that regulates the industry in order to best protect consumers.

    “There is no question that the recent Justice Department opinion has increased pressure on Congress to move on legislation to regulate Internet gambling activity.  If the main objective of regulation is to protect consumers, this can be best achieved through federal legislation that sets the strict standard for licensing operators, requires the most innovative safeguards be put in place and stringently monitors all gambling and financial activity.  Alternatively, states being left to develop a patchwork of regulatory structures will not encourage national collaboration to monitor the many operators expected to offer services and ensure the utilization of state-of-the-art technologies to protect consumers and combat fraud and money laundering. Moreover, the time to move is now, as numerous states are starting to move quickly to create Internet gambling programs.

    The federal regulation of Internet gambling should respect the rights of Indian sovereignty, reinforce states’ rights and utilize the enforcement expertise of existing regulatory bodies – all objectives proposed in pending legislation to regulate the industry. Indian tribes should be able to apply for a license and become an Internet gambling operator or set any restrictions they wish on the activity within their respective geographic borders.

    Hearings are valuable for providing information, but the facts haven’t changed since Congress first started to explore the need to regulate Internet gambling – without regulation consumers are left unprotected and all of the economic benefits that could be gained for controlling the activity will continue to be lost to offshore operators.

    Congress should immediately consider pending bills introduced by Reps. Campbell and Barton which provide a path to requiring licensed operators to put in place practical and enforceable standards to control Internet gambling activity, protect consumers and respect Indian sovereignty. The upside for the Campbell bill is wider protections and opportunities for economic benefits through more jobs and government revenue.”

    About Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative

    The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative promotes the freedom of individuals to gamble online with the proper safeguards to protect consumers and ensure the integrity of financial transactions. For more information on the Initiative, please visit www.safeandsecureig.org. The Web site provides a means by which individuals can register support for regulated Internet gambling with their elected representatives.

    Related News

    • 29 September 2017

      Bede Gaming Pursuing Future Partnerships

      Leading software giant in the gambling industry, Bede Gaming, has directed its forces on building stronger relationships with key operators, deeply widening the business network and strengthening its position. By working closely with proven casino establishments, the company is due to ensure higher performance ranks and further adjustment of the award-winning gaming platforms. Back-up Approach For Operators

      Read full article
    • 24 August 2017

      What is the Internet Gambling Amendment Bill?

      All legal online casino gambling and real money poker play will soon become a thing of the past for Australians. On August 9 the Senate passed The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016. The writing had been on the wall since the bill was introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives of the Australian Federal Parliament on November 10, 2016. The bill amended the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (IGA).  Where did the IGA Amendment Bill Come From?

      Read full article
    • 28 July 2017

      Big Bang Coming For Dutch Online Gaming Authority

      The online gambling industry in the Netherlands could be getting a big boost. Their regulatory body has recently went into their plans for a push they're calling a "big bang" than would fast-track several companies into getting Dutch online gambling licenses as long as they put in their documentation quickly.

      Read full article