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Utah congressional candidate reveals plans to opt out of online gambling

Proposed bill from Stephen Sandstrom would see western state amend 2007’s Alcoholic Beverage Licensees and Gambling-Like Activities legislation.

Friday 30th December 2011

A Republican candidate for Congress from Utah has announced that he has drafted a bill that would prohibit online gambling in the western state should any of the proposed federal legislation legalising the activity get the nod next year. Stephen Sandstrom is already a member of the Utah House of Representatives and is running for the seat in the state’s new Fourth District. His proposed legislation would amend House Bill 104, which is also known as the Alcoholic Beverage Licensees and Gambling-Like Activities, and see Utah forbid online gambling. Utah is one of only two states alongside Hawaii that permits no form of gaming and Sandstrom helped to lead House Bill 104 through the legislature in 2007 after realising that the state was vulnerable to Indian casinos due to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. “We want to keep Utah free from the negative impacts of legalised gambling,' said Sandstrom. “Without courageous leadership to block Internet gaming, Utah could once again be forced to allow Indian casinos.” Global online gambling is now worth an estimated $30 billion annually with Internet poker in the United States alone set to bring in six billion dollars this year alone. “The US Department of Justice’s conveniently issued legal opinion is a desperate attempt to try and fix today’s recessive economy,” said Sandstrom. “It's clear that President Obama’s fiscal policies have been a complete failure. This latest move by the Department of Justice will only serve to harm all Americans economically and socially in the long-run.”

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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