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Utah Looking at Anti-Internet Gaming Legislation

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom Drafted Bill to Keep State Free of iGaming

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Rep. Stephen SandstromOn Tuesday afternoon, Utah lawmaker Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem) announced via his website that he has drafted a law that would ban online poker, and all forms of web gaming, in his state.

Sandstrom wrote that the decision is in “response to proposed legislation in the U.S. Congress to legalize online gambling unless states proactively opt out.”

“The [Utah] bill is even more significant due to [the Dec. 23] ruling by the U.S. Department of Justice that states may legalize online gambling,” he added. “This bill is a referendum on the DOJ’s decision and some in the U.S. Congress such as Senate Leader Harry Reid to proliferate online gambling.”

The bill would amend a 2007 measure aimed to keep Tribal casinos out of the state.

Sandstrom wrote that “many gambling critics see the DOJ’s recent interpretation as another major crack in America’s moral foundation.” He also called expansion of the industry a “desperate attempt” for economic recovery in the country.

Utah and Hawaii are the only two states to prohibit all forms of gaming. Earlier this year, Hawaii briefly considered a bill to license and regulate both live and online poker.

While Utah is looking at early safeguards from gaming in cyberspace, neighboring Nevada is on the fast track to having the nation’s first intrastate online poker industry.

Card Player couldn’t reach Sandstrom for further comment at this time.

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coldharbor
over 7 years ago

What a surprise; a Republican wants to ban online poker. From the party that gave you Goodlatte, Frist and the UIGEA.

 
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clunker
over 7 years ago

Has nothing to do with political party affiliation Morman religion does not allow gambling. They do buy and sell stocks which is in reality a form of gambling which makes them hypocrites. But you used to be able to have as many wives as you wanted. Kinda messed up thinking.

 
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coldharbor
over 7 years ago

The UIGEA had everything to do with party affiliation.

 
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takedown
over 7 years ago

It's time for the people of Utah to rise up and free themselves from this enslaving cult that's running their state.

 
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haylett
over 7 years ago

What is bothersome is that a legislator who likely wants the federal government to limit itself in involvement in their lives seeks to use government to limit personal freedoms that others wish to have. While Republicans are most responsible for this in the on-line gambling and other issues, Democrats are just as hypocritical in other issues of personal freedom.

 
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