California, Ohio and Virginia State Chapters of Fraternal Order of Police Call for Safe and Well-Regulated Online Gaming

March 23, 2015

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March 23, 2015

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California, Ohio and Virginia State Chapters of Fraternal Order of Police Call for Safe and Well-Regulated Online Gaming

Washington, DC – The California, Ohio and Virginia State Chapters of the Fraternal Order of Police have issued letters to their home state U.S. Representatives on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations to urge opposition to legislation to ban online gaming preceding a hearing on the bill this week.

In a letter to Representative Randy Forbes, Virginia FOP President Kevin Carroll stated, “As the Subcommittee begins consideration of this issue, I would like to ask you to oppose legislation entitled the ‘Restoration of America’s Wire Act.’ This legislation purports to put the safety of children and consumers first, but does nothing to curb illegal online gambling or protect Americans online. As a law enforcement officer, I am faced with dangerous criminal activity everyday, and I cannot overstate the risks that black market gambling sites currently pose to adult consumers and children alike.”

Ohio FOP President Kathleen Harrell stated in a letter to Representative Steven Chabot, “A ban will only hinder our efforts to combat unlawful activity on the Internet.”

“We should be letting states and law enforcement work together to create a system that protects our communities. This proposed ban would only undermine the strides we have made in combating unlawful Internet activity. I hope that you will support our men and women in uniform and oppose this legislation,” said California FOP President Roger Mayberry in a letter to Representatives Judy Chu and Karen Bass.

Currently, the United States Congress is debating Sheldon Adelson’s bill, an ill-advised piece of legislation that would implement a sweeping nationwide ban on online gaming that would trump individual states’ ability to implement a well-regulated state based system. This legislation would not only trample on states who currently have safe and regulated online gaming programs, but also make for an unsafe, unregulated online environment and push players to black-market site.

To see the letters please click on the following links:
CA FOP letter to Representatives Karen Bass and Judy Chu
OH FOP letter to Representative Steven Chabot
VA FOP letter to Representative Randy Forbes

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