|The Nevada Gaming Commission will hold a two-day seminar next week that will be devoted to technical and legal issues that surround online gaming. During the last month, they have been carrying out their own independent legal research. First of all, the Commission had tasked the Nevada Attorney General’s office with a “blue-sky analysis” – researching the laws in all 50 states with regard to interactive gaming. Second, the Commission retained “an out-of-state law firm to do the federal analysis, with regard to the federal law and its applicability to the Nevada legislation. |
Nevada’s move to legalize interactive gambling is not likely to be welcomed at the Justice Department. Under the Clinton administration, the Department believed the Wire Act was sufficient to prosecute Internet casino gambling operations. That was the reason it gave for opposing Congressional efforts to specifically prohibit Internet gambling. Now the Department is headed by Ashcroft, a far-right Republican who is opposed to gambling as well as alcohol and even dancing.
Sandoval, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, said the seminar “is not intended to advance anybody’s cause but to explore the issues contained in the Nevada legislation. There’ll be no deliberation, no rule-making, anything of that nature.”
For a detailed agenda, visit the Web site of the Nevada Gaming Commission.