There is a trending topic at SBR Forum discussing how US Senator Lindsey Graham has attached a piece of anti-online gaming legislation onto the Senate Appropriations Bill.
The backdoor move triggers memories of how the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) was added as Title VIII to the SAFE Port Act, which had nothing to do with online gambling and everything to do with regulating port security.
The Restoration of America's Wire Act (RAWA) would nullify state laws with respect to online gaming.
The legislation is backed by Las Vegas businessman Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, who has funded an anti-gambling group named the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, according to a report by InsideSources.com. The report gives more details about the political trickery, which comes only after efforts to promote RAWA have failed to gain much traction.
States that allow online gambling
Nevada was the first state to legalize online poker in February of 2013, while New Jersey and Delaware later joined suit in November of 2013. California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington are each pursuing legalized online gambling (casino and/or poker, not sports).
Pennsylvania is the closest to possibly legalizing online gambling and fantasy sports via bill HB-649, as SBR reported originally earlier this year.
New Jersey's fight for legal sports betting
Sportsbook Review has interviewed NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak several times on his state's effort to allow its casinos to accept bets on sporting events.
New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved sports betting in a voter's referendum in 2011, but the state has faced vehement opposition from the major US professional sports leagues and the NCAA. Many pundits believe the case will eventually be decided by the US Supreme Court.