In America, the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative (SSIGI) has added its voice to the debate over whether the state of Kentucky should be permitted to seize 141 domain names associated with gambling.
Jeffrey Sandman, Spokesperson for the Washington, DC-based lobby group, penned an open letter to Democrat Governor Steve Beshear late last week in which he called that the initiative ‘flawed’. He also wrote that the southern American state should support the regulation of online gambling in order to protect its citizens and generate tax revenues.
“The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative calls on Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to support the regulation of Internet gambling as a way to protect Kentuckians and generate billions of dollars in new revenue, rather than seeking to prohibit the activity,” read the letter.
“Governor Beshear is right to acknowledge that Internet gambling is flourishing in an underground marketplace and a change is needed to protect Kentuckians and all Americans. Unfortunately, his solution is flawed. Prohibition has failed before and is not likely to stop Kentuckians or anyone in the US from continuing to find a way to gamble online.
“Governor Beshear has shown great leadership in protecting Kentuckians’ individual right to gamble on horse racing and in casinos if they wish to opt for that form of entertainment. He should extend that right to those constituents who seek the freedom to gamble online, whether on poker, sports or other games.
“We encourage Governor Beshear to reverse his position and support Internet gambling regulation as a sensible approach to protect the interests of his constituents.”