|A new bill proposed by State Sen. David Ford of Indiana looks to curb the development of online gambling, not by increasing penalties for online gaming, but by targeting its advertisement.|
Ford believes that online gaming must be curbed in order to protect the populace. 'You can play in the middle of the night, you can max out everything you have and there's no way to regulate it,' according to Ford, Chairman of the Economic Development and Technology Committee.
Ford understands that any enforcement of the new proposed bill will be extremely difficult. However, he believes that 'it's an effort we need to take'.
Ford already considers the use of online casino gambling sites by Indiana residents a class B misdemeanor. Betting on college basketball games for Hoosier fans in Indiana will become a class D felony under the new proposed bill, and would and gambling Hoosier fans up to a three-year sentence and a $10,000 fine.
Indiana has yet to report on how it would deal with international jurisdictions that have approved online gambling as legitimate business such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and several Caribbean countries.