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Utah Governor Pens Letter Against Federal Online Poker Bill | Card Player

Utah Governor Pens Letter Against Federal Online Poker Bill  |  Card Player | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
The governor of Utah has sent a letter to two of the most powerful members of Congress to insist that online gaming not be legalized nationwide. Card Player received a copy of the letter dated April 4, 2012.


Dear Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Reid:


I am writing to ask you to oppose current proposals to federalize internet poker and casino gambling. Gaming issues traditionally have been regulated by state governments. It is a matter of both constitutional and social preference that matters relating to gaming be regulated by states for the benefit of their residents. The recent U.S. Department of Justice ruling clarifies and reaffirms that this is a matter of state authority.


Specifically, the residents of the State of Utah have always been very clear about our views that allowing gambling on the internet or other venues is not in Utah’s best interests. In the case of interstate online poker, if Congress were to make it legal, it would be against the wishes of the majority of Utahns and encroach on our 10th Amendment rights, as well as our historical and long-standing position against gaming and wagering. Indeed, the people of Utah included a prohibition on gambling in Article VI, Section 27 of the Utah Constitution. Federal legislation and regulation in this area must be resisted.


I appreciate your careful and positive consideration of our reviews on this very important issue.


Sincerely,

Gary R. Herbert
Governor of Utah

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Utah Governor Warns Feds To Back Off Online Poker Legislation

Utah Governor Warns Feds To Back Off Online Poker Legislation | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
The general consensus in the United States seems to be that there will be no concerted push for regulated online poker at the federal level until the lame duck session of Congress following November’s elections. But that hasn’t stopped some of the players on either side of the debate from keeping up the pressure.


Wednesday saw the public release of a letter from Utah Gov. Gary Herbertto the leaders of the Senate (Harry Reid) and the House of Representatives (John Boehner) urging them to take no further steps towards the legalization of online gambling.


Interestingly, while Utah is one of only two US states that permits no gambling whatsoever, Herbert’s letter is not a jeremiad about the evils of gambling. Instead, Herbert states that it is “a matter of both constitutional and social preference that matters relating to gaming be regulated by states for the benefit of their residents.” Herbert even cites the Department of Justice’s pre-Christmas about-face on the Wire Act’s scope as justification for this stance. Herbert warns that passing federal laws re online gambling would “encroach on our 10th Amendment rights.”


On the other side of the coin, the Poker Players Alliance is using the upcoming anniversary of Black Friday to launch a new awareness campaign. The Players Will Never Fold campaign is a ‘remember the Alamo’ call to arms that provides players with easy links to contact their local federal representatives and demand action on Rep. Joe Barton’s stalled HR 2366 poker legislation. The PPA is also encouraging players to contribute to a ‘Black Friday Money Bomb’ campaign fund. Too bad the video’s background music sounds so much like the patriotic muzak in those cloying commercials for commemorative 9/11 coins. You know, the kind where you spend good money for something that doesn’t really have any value?

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