Opponents Move To Block The Anti-Gaming Bill In California
A bill to ban Internet gambling in California has encountered strong opposition from not only banking and online gambling groups, but also from anti-gambling groups. The bill, which has faced strong opposition from its conception, is being treated with derision by critics, who label it ‘unenforceable’ and impractical.
Tom Tucker, head of the largest problem-gambling organization in California was himself critical of the bill stating, “Taxpayer money would be better on education and prevention, not on chasing down Internet casino operators.” Tucker described the bill as ‘feel-good’ and dismissed ideas about restrictions on online gambling saying, “There won’t be enough cyber cops available.”
Norm Towne, a lobbyist for the interactive Gaming Council of Vancouver, British Colombia, said of the new bill. “The Internet is designed to be open”, he also called for California to follow Nevada’s example of licensing and regulation.
Testimony on the bill has now been delayed until August. Dan Reeves, the chief of staff for the bills sponsor Rep. Dario Frommer, says this is due to opposition from the Internet gambling industry and “big money interest”. Reeves believes that the bill is not due for success, “you have all this support and no opposition, yet the bill will fail.”
Rep. Dario Frommer has already compromised on the bill with online horse racing and Reeves insists that the goal of the bill “is not to infringe on gambling that already exists, but to stop expansion.”