Race To Legalize Online Gambling But Parent Groups Not Happy

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Valdosta, Ga. - June 07, 2012 -

Could the internet soon become the largest casino in America?

Internet gambling is currently outlawed in every state in the nation but some believe it is the solution to a down economy. By some estimates online gambling could bring in hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in tax revenue.

But now some groups, including in Georgia, are asking "At what cost to families?".

Family-Centric groups in 13 states including Georgia sent letters to congressional leaders Wednesday. They want to strengthen the law against online gambling.

The "Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act" outlawed internet betting in 2006. But in December the Justice Department ruled that in-state online bets do not violate federal law if they're not betting on sports.

Now there's a rush across the country in cash-strapped states to legalize it.

"It's taking away from families and families should come first. And if they're gambling they won't have the money to buy food, to pay bills or stuff like that. Then they have to end up being on welfare or something like that and it gets further down and further down," said Vicki Fletcher, Valdosta resident.

"I don't see why we shouldn't have the right to gamble if that's what a person chooses to do. I mean it's their money. If a person wants to blow all their money gambling that's up to them. We do live in America, said Mark Henry, Valdosta resident.

If online gambling begins to be legalized it will likely only come on a state-by-state basis.

Officials say 10 states have already expressed interest in legalizing online gambling. On the forefront are New Jersey and Nevada. These of course are states that are known for their lucrative gambling industries already.


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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:03 AM
    The lottery and other forms of gambling, if taxed or the profits used for support of the government, are at least one form of taxation the individual stands some chance, however small, of seeing a return on.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2012 at 01:57 AM
    Poker is a game of skill -- online poker, as it existed prior to the shutdown, was almost certainly rigged. Almost certainly, as in p = < 10^-9.
  • by Bee Location: City on Jun 8, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    Gambling whether online or wherever strips people of their hard earned money. What is the difference between the Lottery and online gambling? None. If I am going to gamble I will do it online or through the Lottery.
  • by John Location: Tallahassee on Jun 8, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    How is it perfectly ok to gamble your life away but if you catch you with a plant they throw you in jail?
  • by Karen on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:33 AM
    People are against casinos because they would bring in crime .... now they say online casinos will make everyone go broke. If you don't like gambling, just say so. It's none of my business what you do with your money, as it is none of your business what I do with mine. If I choose to gamble with mine, that's my prerogative. There will always be something to waste money on .... you can't make everything illegal. I don't like to drink alcohol so I think they should outlaw it. How ridiculous does that sound?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 04:34 AM
    Casinos yes!!!!! Online Just preys on depressed and despairing obcessing people
  • by mark Location: tallahassee on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    Why would anyone want to gamble on a computer, don,t they realize the outcome like all other computer events must be programmed. What source of gambling would ever program a situation where they lose.
  • by grannie Location: cairo ,ga on Jun 7, 2012 at 04:15 PM
    if they let legal in ga, a lot of families and kids will go w/ clothes and food, who is gonna pick up the tabs??? ga!!!!!!!!!!! who looses children and families!!! and ga because they will wind up on food stamps and welfare cks!! so who will be the winners???????????
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      by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:02 AM in reply to grannie
      I'm glad they are going with clothes and food. I would hate to see them go naked.
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