New Jersey To President Trump: Keep Your Hands Off Internet Gaming – Forbes
Internet gaming is probably not a priority on President Trump’s list of things-to-do upon being inaugurated. Yet, if there is a single state that would push for President Trump to take note of its concerns on the issue, it would definitely be New Jersey, where Trump has owned a number of casinos, many of which have been closed.
The State of New Jersey is considering a resolution that urges President Trump to oppose any actions that would prohibit states from authorizing and conducting Internet gaming. Earlier today, the resolution passed through New Jersey’s Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Artist Committee by a vote of 7-0.
It asks President Trump, his administration and the U.S. Congress to oppose any potentially proposed federal prohibitions on Internet gaming, as curbing Internet gaming would directly and negatively impact New Jersey. The state and Atlantic City casinos have heavily invested in the infrastructure of Internet gaming, and the resolution claims that prohibiting same could take away tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
“In 2016, Internet gaming in New Jersey generated about $198 million in casino win, resulting in approximately $29.5 million in gaming tax revenues for the State,” states one of the clauses in the resolution.
The state seems to be particularly concerned with the proposed “Restoration of America’s Wire Act,” which attempted to amend the Wire Act to expand the prohibition of transmitting wagering information with regard any bet or wager, reaching to preclude the proliferation of Internet gaming as well.
Additionally, New Jersey may be wary of recent comments made by U.S. Senator and nominee for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who recently said that he wants to take another look at a prior ruling that cleared the path for Internet gaming in New Jersey.
The resolution notes that Internet gaming has been authorized by law in New Jersey since 2013, and that several Atlantic City casinos in partnership with Internet gaming affiliates have sought to strictly regulate the wagering that takes place online. Types of Internet gaming currently offered in the state includes craps, slot machines, blackjack and video poker.
While the resolution still must be passed, its effectiveness should be questioned. It has absolutely no bearing on what President Trump or his administration chooses to do about Internet gaming in New Jersey. That said, should President Trump get in the way of Internet gaming, then he could be confronted by a lawsuit filed by the state — a state that is not shy about litigating when it comes to placing wagers.
Darren Heitner the Founder of South Florida-based HEITNER LEGAL, P.L.L.C. and Sports Agent Blog. He authored the book, How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know.
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