Interactive Gaming Council Backs Utahís Criticisms of WTO
By staff
The Interactive Gaming Council has shown its support to Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who denied the World Trade Organizationís ruling that allows foreign Internet gambling companies to trade in non-gambling states. The IGC agrees that gambling rules and regulations should be left for individual states to deal with as they see fit.

However executive director of the IGC, Rick Smith, says that although they agree with Mr. Shurtleff, who last week sent a letter to the WTO criticizing their ruling, that allowing states to govern their own Internet laws works both ways.

'While this tradition means that Utah, for example, has the right to attempt to ban all gambling, it also means that the federal government should keep its hands off when Nevada or a U.S. territory such as the U.S. Virgin Islands tries to license and regulate online casinos, or when North Dakota tries to license and regulate online poker.'

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