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State lotteries head to Washington to enforce states' rights on gambling

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"Restoration of America's Wire Act" legislation would restrict your rights to spend your money as you please

State Lottery officials from across the United States held meetings with members of Congress today in Washington, D.C., to add their voices to those of state lawmakers advocating for the federal government to continue to support states' authority to establish their own gambling policies.

The lottery officials expressed their concerns about proposed federal legislation designed to restrict states' rights in regulating Internet gaming. House Resolution 707, introduced Feb. 4, would amend America's Wire Act by instituting strict regulations covering Internet gaming that could have serious consequences for state lotteries across the nation.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT-3).  The latest action on the bill came on March 16th, when it was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

The full text of the bill can be found below in the Related Links section.

"While we understand the concerns many have about Internet gaming, states have a long and successful history of listening to their constituents and developing a regulated approach that's working," said Charlie McIntyre, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. "Shifting that responsibility to the federal government is not only an infringement of states' rights, it's a bad policy decision."

State lottery directors met with elected leaders on both sides of the aisle to express their concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed legislation.

Topping the list of those concerns is that under the proposal, expansion could continue of a dangerous and unregulated black market for Internet gaming that not only poses risks to children, but also leads to criminal activity. Lottery officials said that the legislation as it currently reads also will dramatically reduce revenues generated by voter-approved lotteries to fund important services like education, conservation and services for senior citizens to name a few.

"This bill creates far more problems than it actually addresses," says David Gale, Executive Director of NASPL. "The purpose of our visit is to ensure members of Congress understand the real problems this bill creates. The voters of each state should have a right to make this choice."

McIntyre commented that the proposed legislation forever puts lotteries at an extreme disadvantage moving forward and changes the ways in which lottery games are offered and played.

"The decision to offer games of chance within its own borders is that state's right to make, just as it is the right of Utah and Hawaii to make the decision not to have games of chance within their borders," says McIntyre.

NASPL Press Release, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: March 25, 2015, 12:55 pm - IP Logged

I commented on this earlier in the week,it should be my right to spend it where I want,Tennessee wont be it for sure.Sorry kids...

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    Posted: March 25, 2015, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

     I am very happy that this Congress member in Utah has to go through many subcommittees ,and full committees before facing the Full House for a majority of votes. Then to the Senate before going to the President. 

     We complain how slow politics is but this is one case where Representative Government displays wisdom of our founders.

     Good Luck to all Lottery Post members and Staff with tonight's Power Ball !

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      It drives me nuts when people in government think that restricting GAMBLING is the key to this country's success.  With all the financial problems, the rise of ISIS and terrorism in general, illegals flooding the borders, corruption, government spying, etc., this guy thinks restricting GAMBLING is going to solve our ills.

      I've got some great advice for the Republicans in their newly-controlled Congress:  Lower taxes for everyone, put in place a better healthcare plan, stop spying on your citizens, secure our borders, and for heaven's sake, stop trying to impose restrictions on our freedoms.  If you want to create a new law, make it a law that lifts restrictions and promotes freedom of choice and the freedom to screw up.  Give people credit for having a brain in their head to make their own choices in life.

       

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        Posted: March 25, 2015, 8:20 pm - IP Logged

        It drives me nuts when people in government think that restricting GAMBLING is the key to this country's success.  With all the financial problems, the rise of ISIS and terrorism in general, illegals flooding the borders, corruption, government spying, etc., this guy thinks restricting GAMBLING is going to solve our ills.

        I've got some great advice for the Republicans in their newly-controlled Congress:  Lower taxes for everyone, put in place a better healthcare plan, stop spying on your citizens, secure our borders, and for heaven's sake, stop trying to impose restrictions on our freedoms.  If you want to create a new law, make it a law that lifts restrictions and promotes freedom of choice and the freedom to screw up.  Give people credit for having a brain in their head to make their own choices in life.

        DITTO You really would think they had better things to do but that might not get them reelected for the next term 

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          It drives me nuts when people in government think that restricting GAMBLING is the key to this country's success.  With all the financial problems, the rise of ISIS and terrorism in general, illegals flooding the borders, corruption, government spying, etc., this guy thinks restricting GAMBLING is going to solve our ills.

          I've got some great advice for the Republicans in their newly-controlled Congress:  Lower taxes for everyone, put in place a better healthcare plan, stop spying on your citizens, secure our borders, and for heaven's sake, stop trying to impose restrictions on our freedoms.  If you want to create a new law, make it a law that lifts restrictions and promotes freedom of choice and the freedom to screw up.  Give people credit for having a brain in their head to make their own choices in life.

          I Agree!

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            It drives me nuts when people in government think that restricting GAMBLING is the key to this country's success.  With all the financial problems, the rise of ISIS and terrorism in general, illegals flooding the borders, corruption, government spying, etc., this guy thinks restricting GAMBLING is going to solve our ills.

            I've got some great advice for the Republicans in their newly-controlled Congress:  Lower taxes for everyone, put in place a better healthcare plan, stop spying on your citizens, secure our borders, and for heaven's sake, stop trying to impose restrictions on our freedoms.  If you want to create a new law, make it a law that lifts restrictions and promotes freedom of choice and the freedom to screw up.  Give people credit for having a brain in their head to make their own choices in life.

            Sorry to say: We did not give our rights and freedoms away: They have been taken from us as if we are a conquered people living under the yoke of oppression.

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              Sorry to say: We did not give our rights and freedoms away: They have been taken from us as if we are a conquered people living under the yoke of oppression.

              http://jonathanturley.org/2012/01/15/10-reasons-the-u-s-is-no-longer-the-land-of-the-free/

              http://rss.infowars.com/20150324_Tue_Alex.mp3

              "Indian Policy" has now been brought down on the American people, and the American people are the new Indians of the 21st century.

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                "Indian Policy" has now been brought down on the American people, and the American people are the new Indians of the 21st century.

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                  Posted: March 25, 2015, 9:23 pm - IP Logged

                  The states should be free set their rules o n lotteries. As long as the IRS gets the taxes on winnings deducted.

                  We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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                    If they want to clamp down on the states and they are really concerned for the players then they should pass a law that says all states have to offer anonymous claims.

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                      It drives me nuts when people in government think that restricting GAMBLING is the key to this country's success.  With all the financial problems, the rise of ISIS and terrorism in general, illegals flooding the borders, corruption, government spying, etc., this guy thinks restricting GAMBLING is going to solve our ills.

                      I've got some great advice for the Republicans in their newly-controlled Congress:  Lower taxes for everyone, put in place a better healthcare plan, stop spying on your citizens, secure our borders, and for heaven's sake, stop trying to impose restrictions on our freedoms.  If you want to create a new law, make it a law that lifts restrictions and promotes freedom of choice and the freedom to screw up.  Give people credit for having a brain in their head to make their own choices in life.

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                        It drives me nuts when people in government think that restricting GAMBLING is the key to this country's success.  With all the financial problems, the rise of ISIS and terrorism in general, illegals flooding the borders, corruption, government spying, etc., this guy thinks restricting GAMBLING is going to solve our ills.

                        I've got some great advice for the Republicans in their newly-controlled Congress:  Lower taxes for everyone, put in place a better healthcare plan, stop spying on your citizens, secure our borders, and for heaven's sake, stop trying to impose restrictions on our freedoms.  If you want to create a new law, make it a law that lifts restrictions and promotes freedom of choice and the freedom to screw up.  Give people credit for having a brain in their head to make their own choices in life.

                        WOW. This bill is being sponsored by the representative from Utah. One of only two states that do not have legalized gambling. It sounds to me like this representative is trying to force his views about gambling on the rest of the country.

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                          Wow Todd well said,yes they think we are all so stupid.If I had a bus I would make runs to Georgia every day.

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                            Wow Todd well said,yes they think we are all so stupid.If I had a bus I would make runs to Georgia every day.

                            Yes TnT, you certainly are 110% correct about what they think....They have that "good ole boys/girls club" mentality of we know best...Allowing the feds to control lottery spending across state lines is just another foothold on total control of every facet of your life and what's coming down the road.Kind of a "Socialism 101", so to speak. If they get  their hands in control of any money generating program.....well..we all know what that's going to mean...more tax and more control , especially control(ie...health care,student loans,mortgages) I know, I know, they aren't in control right now, however, they slowly gain a foothold by laws and denials and other tactics by various agencies. We the people want something and yet again, here's Uncle Sam saying,"you don't know what's right, so we will regulate it"....Lemme tell ya something Uncle Sam, you can't stop spending, balance a budget or protect our borders and now you want to tell me how I can/can't spend my money from my state into another..........Sorry but you 525-550 geniuses (including supreme court and a few others) are having a major case of Rectal Cranial Inversion when it comes to the term,"WE the people". I love how they lump it under a few laws of "wire fraud for money laundering or anti-terrorism "..... Sorry about the tirade fellow LPer's
                            While I could go on and on about our meddling government, I won't........
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