Dina Titus Urges President-Elect to Oppose Online Gambling Ban Efforts

by Jim Hall

After ten attorneys general of the US sent a letter to Donald Trump and Mike Pence calling for a federal online gambling ban, a representative of Nevada sends a letter in retaliation.

Just this week it was revealed that ten attorneys generals sent a letter to president-elect Donald Trump and vice president-elect Mike Pence in an effort to see the republicans helping with efforts to enforce a ban on a federal level against online gambling. Now, in efforts to keep this from happening, Nevada Representative Dina Titus has sent a letter to Pence asking him to oppose such efforts.

Don’t Listen

Dina TitusNevada Representative Dina Titus is hoping the Trump and Pence will not listen to the information sent to them via the letter from the AGs. The democratic congresswoman sent her letter to Pence, the head of the transition team for Trump this week as a response to the letter that was signed and sent last month by the attorneys general. The letter was dated November 17th but was made public knowledge just this past week.

The letter by the AGs asked Pence and Trump to consider the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, otherwise known as RAWA and to see online gambling deemed illegal across the nation. Included in the attorneys general signatures was one of Adam Laxalt, the Attorney General of Nevada. This is significant as Nevada is already involved in online gambling by offering online poker gaming. The state also has the ability to provide online casino gaming as well.

Laxalt has been open with an opinion that online gambling should be illegal in the US and is in support of RAWA legislation which would ban all online gambling activities nationwide. The only exception would be daily fantasy sports and horse race wagering.

In her letter, Titus stated that the letter sent by the attorneys general contains inaccuracies and unfair allegations about online gambling. Titus discussed regulations that are currently in place within Nevada and says that such regulations prove that online gambling can be regulated effectively. She further stated that gaming regulation in her state is considered the international gold standard.

The Negative Side

The Restoration of America’s Wire Act would act as a rewrite of the decision by the Department of Justice back in 2011. The law would be reinterpreted once again in regards to the Wire Act of 1961. In the letter by the AGs it stated that online gambling can cause addiction to gambling, an increase in suicide as well as divorce. The attorneys general also discussed concerns about anonymity and stated that terrorist financing support as well as criminal activity could be a problem.

In response, Titus warned Pence in her letter that the ramifications of not having online gambling in the US could be dire. Titus stated that she encourages Trump to carefully study the issue before he makes a decision that could harm jobs or state’s rights in regards to the gaming industry.

Currently, Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey offer online gambling in the US. Other states have been considering legislation as well including Pennsylvania, New York, California and many more. If a federal ban was to be put in place, these states would no longer be able to offer services or consider legislation to do so.

However, even if gambling is illegal online, consumers will still try to take part. This means offshore sites will be earning funds that the US states could have gained access to. Also consumers would be at risk of losing money as operators would not be officially regulated. Banning online gambling on a federal level could certainly cause more harm than good.