In a survey released by CNBC last week it was absolutely obvious what America wants – a legal online casino industry. The question asked in the survey was: Should all online gambling be legalized in the United States? 91 percent of the 2,500 surveyed answered “yes”. Hopefully the results of this survey will send a strong message to the US Senate as it considers the Goodlatte bill, which aims to all but illegalize online casino industry. It cannot be clearer that the American public wants the online casino industry regulated instead of prohibited. The Wall Street Journal conducted an opinion poll earlier this year with similar results.
A republican congressman Jon Porter, which seems to be the only one with a little reason left, has proposed an initiative to carry out a bi-partisan Congressional investigation into online casino industry before trying to ban it. The Internet Gambling Study Commission will conduct a comprehensive study of online casinos gambling, including the existing legal framework that governs activities and transactions. Within 18 months, the Commission will submit a report on their findings and conclusions to the President and Congress, including recommendations, if any, for legislative or administrative action.
Before voting against the Senate’s bill, Porter said: “The impact of Internet gambling reaches far and wide, which is why we need to have a comprehensive understanding of its effects, both socially and economically, before making any rash decisions about its future. Unfortunately, a majority of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle chose to move forward with an online gaming ban despite having limited information on this evolving technology. Regardless of today’s vote, I will continue to drum up support for an Internet gaming study.”