29 States Upset Over WTO’s Gambling Ruling
The United States is having some difficulty deciding
what to do about online casinos. In April, a ruling by the World Trade
Organization found it inappropriate to deny horse betters the right to
bet. According to the WTO ruling, the federal law regarding the
Interstate Horseracing Act was inappropriate when thinking of the rights
and liberties of American citizens. Using this as precedence, a new
meeting to be held by the WTO puts into question what the status will be
for online casinos.
Online casinos are by law illegal to be run out of the
United States and the WTO wants to get rid of laws that will make people unable
to use online casinos. 29 States are unhappy with this decision because they
either do not want online casinos operating from their state, especially if
their state, like Utah, defines gambling as illegal, or they just simply do not
want outside sources making decisions for them. Online casinos are a profitable
way to make money; however, there has been voiceover throughout these states
that online casinos are deemed an unacceptable thing by part of the population.
The WTO has used the federal law about gambling to show that there is a problem
because the law does not clearly distinguish between home and foreign countries.
This precedence is to be used to try to allow USA residents to freely use the
online casinos based out of the Caribbean, Antigua. (Most online casinos are
based out of the Caribbean). Attorney Generals have been picked as the
representatives of the opposing states of the online casinos decision, including
the state of New York and California.
The representatives have focused on making it state
regulation to determine what happens with gaming in regards to the individual
state not the country. Online casinos have caused a storm of conversation,
ranging from religious activists whom state that gambling leads to community
problems as well as anti gambling organizations that help recovering gambling
addicts and the like. The other end of this spectrum is those people that want
gambling in heir state and are generally happy with the WTO’s involvement.
However, there is a fear among all USA residents that if the WTO has decided to
be the law binder in the subjects of horse betting and online casinos, they may
try to take over in lotteries, Indian Gaming Rights and others. Rob Portman,
whom is the US Trade Representative, has been accused of not doing more in
stopping the WTO’s involvement and the 29 States involved have addressed the
letter to him. The biggest issue here is that the fundamentalism involved in a
society like that of the USA must let each state govern their own laws when it
comes to online casinos and the like. The profits of online casinos in terms of
economic prosperity is a factor that the states will be taking into
consideration when deciding if to et the WTO online casinos rules stay or for it
to be changed.