New York Daily News reports that New York Democrats urge congressional delegation to oppose online gaming ban

May 21, 2015

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ICYMI: New York Daily News reports that New York Democrats urge congressional delegation to oppose online gaming ban

As New York joins a growing list of states considering creating a legal and well-regulated online gaming system, a group of Democratic legislators have written the New York congressional delegation, asking them to oppose any national ban.

The New York Daily News reported: “In a letter to the New York delegation, the state Senate Independent Democratic Conference argued that the bill would trample on the rights of states while potentially prohibiting the New York Lottery from offering games online.

“The five Dems argued that federal legislation would also keep New York from ever joining other states in allowing Internet poker, which they said would generate new tax revenue and create job opportunities.

“New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware currently allow online poker.

“The IDC, led by Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx), hasn’t taken a position on whether online gaming should be legalized in New York — just that it should be a state, not federal, decision.

“The congressional bill ‘usurps New York’s ability to determine for itself what forms of gambling are authorized within the state, a right which New York and every other state has historically exercised,’ the IDC letter says.

“While the Cuomo administration has not taken an official position on the federal bill, one official said that if it passes, it could jeopardize the lottery subscription program.
“The online gaming ban, known as the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, is under consideration in the House.
“It is a reaction to a 2011 Justice Department ruling that allowed most online gaming, with the exception of sports betting.

“The bill’s main backer is Sheldon Adelson, a major GOP donor and CEO of Las Vegas Sands.
“Critics say while Adelson sees online gaming as a threat to his casino interests, he has at times pursued an online gaming presence for the company.

“In the Senate, Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) back the idea of a ban, though Reid would like to exclude online poker from the prohibition.

“The issue potentially could put Sen. Chuck Schumer at odds with Reid, who is stepping down after 2016 and whom Schumer hopes to replace.”

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