Bad Week For Anti-online Gambling Politician


30th October, 2015 at 06:14:33

Not a happy time for RAWA sponsor Jason Chaffetz.

Fears that arch anti-online gambling politician Jason Chaffetz might succeed in his ambitious bid to become the 62nd Speaker of the US House of Representatives (see previous report) receded this week following his announcement that he was withdrawing from the it turned out just in time, because rival Republican Paul Ryan was elected to the influential post Thursday.

US media noted that Ryan was elected on 236 votes, and received a standing ovation in the chamber.

It was not a good week for Chaffetz, a conservative Republican Representative from Utah, who fronted a lacklustre CSIG press conference trying to promote his sluggish Restoration of America's Wire Act, and also received a letter from the 330,000-member National Fraternal Order of Police, advising that it did not support RAWA.

The letter notes that the Order has been closely monitoring progress in the three US states that have legalised online gambling and has come to the conclusion that available technologies make regulation practical and effective in protecting vulnerable and underage gamblers and excluding criminal elements.

The Order believes that federal bans on online gambling would be counterproductive and encourage illegal gambling on offshore websites, which offer fewer safeguards.

The letter observes:

"They say sunlight is the best disinfectant, and we agree

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