The legalizing of online gambling has provoked many casino news and is one of the most polemic ongoing debates in the United States. The main topic of discussion is if online gambling does deserve to be legalized, as numerous research teams have shown the disastrous consequences this could have. On the other hand, it is much discussed whether every state should have its vote on the matter and take the decision of legalizing according to its interests or if there should be a federal legislation. Many states in the last year have begun the process of legalization of online gambling, topic of much controversy.
Terry Rich, the current chief of Iowa Lottery, is the latest gaming authority to comment against any intent of a federal legalization approving online gambling in any form. If the government approved regulated online gambling, Rich is concerned that it would not apply to the best interests of the citizens of any state. He commented that in each state, citizens have different interests and preferences, to which state legislatures are much better prepared to respond. Rich also said that some states like Georgia and Illinois have already begun selling lottery tickets online and that Delaware in the coming months will begin to do so. Last year Iowa was topic of much polemic, as the State House formally rejected a bill that attempted to legalize online poker, although the legalization of online lottery tickets is seen by many as a big step towards legalizing other online casino games.
Rich also shared with the media of a paper he handed to congressional leaders, expressing with great details his concerns about the consequences a federal online gambling legislation could have on every state. Among these consequences, he pointed out that a federal tax structure could easily not apply to the each state interest, superseding the state’s power in the mater. He also shared in the paper how the online lottery raised in 2012 alone more than 1.5 billion, money destined for education infrastructures, veteran funds and economic development in general.
An interesting factor to point out is that Rich isn’t the only gaming authority to publicly share his concerns against a federal online gambling regulation. Jeff Lamberti, current chief of the Gaming Commission stated that online gambling is the future and that United States should adapt to the upcoming technologic trends. He pointed out that this is seen in the many motions related to the matter some states started in the last couple of years (we have done our fair share of coverage of related casino news). However, he shared that for online gambling to go fully legalized, solid regulations should be established. It is estimated that more than 150,000 citizens of Iowa gamble online utilizing sites of other countries.