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house Bill H.R. 783

Should States be Allowed to Legalize Sports Gambling?

Argument in favor

Sports gambling is going to occur whether the federal government bans it or not. It is better for states to make their own decision and regulate it than force such activities to Las Vegas or the black market.

JCole52's Opinion
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03/12/2017
I want Trump's Presidency to be EXACTLY like Biff's in Back to the Future 2, and you NEED sports gambling as a centerpiece of that.
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WilsonRyan's Opinion
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03/12/2017
I don't think the government should tell us what we can and cannot do with our money. If you're going to ban sports gambling because it could harm us financially, then you should also pass a law that says Pro Sports can't charge $200 per ticket!
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Phoenix's Opinion
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03/12/2017
While I'm pro-choice the argument that we shouldn't legalize gambling because abortion hasn't been legalized yet is silly. They are two completely unrelated issues, legalizing sports gambling is just another easy way for our states to tax and improve infrastructure and educational system. Sadly, with the GOP controlling everything the real outcome is republicans making money while working class citizens get nothing.
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Argument opposed

The federal government should allow states to sanction activities that harm the financial well being of their citizens. This includes forms of sports gambling like fantasy football leagues that offer prizes.

OWorthyFool's Opinion
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03/12/2017
"It's going to happen whether we regulate it or not" Hmmm funny how that applies here and not to drugs, abortion, or sex...
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Paige's Opinion
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03/12/2017
Legalize sports gambling but not allow women to have the right to choose? OK. WOW.
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Tyler's Opinion
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03/12/2017
Professional sports are already a multi-billion dollar industry the last thing we need in sports is more money. Especially if it could dictate the outcome of games. This is ridiculous. Figure out healthcare. Sports gambling shouldn't even be a topic of discussion at this point.
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What is House Bill H.R. 783?

This bill would give states a four-year window to enact laws that exempt sports gambling in the form of a lottery or sweepstakes from federal bans on government involvement in sports gaming.
Between January 1, 2017 and January 1, 2021 states could exempt a lottery, sweepstakes, or other betting, gambling, or wagering scheme from the federal ban by passing laws enabling those forms of sports gambling. Currently, federal law prohibits sports gaming from occurring in 46 states.

Impact

People living in states that would legalize sports gambling, companies that offer sports gambling, states that legalize sports gambling, and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 783

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: There are only four states that took advantage of a 1992 law which gave states a four-year window to legalize sports betting — including Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon. Of those states, only Delaware and Nevada have casinos or retail sites open to the public for sports gambling.

The lead sponsor of this legislation, Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), has also introduced a bill legalizing sports gambling in New Jersey only, but believes this proposal can gain more traction:

“Each year competition from neighboring states and the proliferation of off-the-books betting grows, leaving Atlantic City's gaming operations at a disadvantage. I strongly believe that sports-betting can help give our famed resort town a hand up, providing yet another unique option for patrons in addition to the quality entertainment, dining, shopping and beaches... Over the years we have made progress on bringing sports-betting to our state and I hope that a bipartisan coalition in Congress can come together in support of legalizing and regulating sports-betting.”

This legislation currently has the support of one cosponsor in the House, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

Of Note: Sports gambling in the form of fantasy football leagues has received significant media attention after allegations emerged that employees of two companies that offer the leagues had engaged in insider trading — allowing them to unfairly win cash prizes.

Fantasy football leagues also came up during the Republican presidential debate on October 29, 2015 when both Jeb Bush and Chris Christie spoke in favor of state regulation of the leagues.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Chimpanz APe)

AKA

Sports Gaming Opportunity Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend chapter 178 of title 28 of the United States Code to permit during a 4-year period States to enact statutes that exempt from the operation of such chapter, lotteries, sweepstakes, and other betting, gambling, or wagering schemes involving professional and amateur sports.

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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 1st, 2017
    I want Trump's Presidency to be EXACTLY like Biff's in Back to the Future 2, and you NEED sports gambling as a centerpiece of that.
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    "It's going to happen whether we regulate it or not" Hmmm funny how that applies here and not to drugs, abortion, or sex...
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    Legalize sports gambling but not allow women to have the right to choose? OK. WOW.
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    I don't think the government should tell us what we can and cannot do with our money. If you're going to ban sports gambling because it could harm us financially, then you should also pass a law that says Pro Sports can't charge $200 per ticket!
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    Professional sports are already a multi-billion dollar industry the last thing we need in sports is more money. Especially if it could dictate the outcome of games. This is ridiculous. Figure out healthcare. Sports gambling shouldn't even be a topic of discussion at this point.
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    While I'm pro-choice the argument that we shouldn't legalize gambling because abortion hasn't been legalized yet is silly. They are two completely unrelated issues, legalizing sports gambling is just another easy way for our states to tax and improve infrastructure and educational system. Sadly, with the GOP controlling everything the real outcome is republicans making money while working class citizens get nothing.
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    You want to force women into having babies but allow gambling? Tell me more about your "morals".
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    There is no difference between sports gambling or betting on horse racing or state-sponsored lotto. It could be argued that gambling can be harmful to the individual this is clearly a matter that the states should be left alone in.
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    on the surface it looks like not a big deal, but in depth it will corrupt sports all together
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    Honestly, who cares? Really? Why is this a pressing issue for our government? I refuse to endorse a bill as pointless as this.
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    Let's legalize gambling when we federally legalize pot and, more importantly, allow women control of their own reproductive rights.
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    I am against gambling; actually I abhor it and consider it a sin. Nevertheless, the choice to either permit it or ban it belongs to the states. Unfortunately, people tend to do what they want to do, whether it's legal or not. The Prohibition Era was a prime example of that.
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    Of course it should not be illegal to gamble. Is gambling foolish, risky, or reckless behavior? Possibly. Depends on the setting, the gamble, and the person. But ILLEGAL? Does it deprive someone of life, liberty, or property involuntarily? No way. The only rational justification for government is protecting an individual against involuntary loss of life, liberty, or property. There is no justification for the government to protect me against voluntarily doing something stupid that hurts only me. That's not to say that I endorse that behavior, just that it shouldn't be punishable by government. But people, for the love of God, why on earth are you advocating for the government to allow it so they can tax it??? Taxation IS involuntary loss of life, liberty, or PROPERTY. Government shouldn't legalize this so they can make a quick buck. They should legalize it because they have no right not to!
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    Gambling and lotteries are effectively regressive taxation schemes whose proceeds are never adequately redirected to serve the populations most likely to pay in. There are better ways to raise state revenues than squeezing it out of the less well off.
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    Individual freedom and responsibility should be core to how we run this country. Not to mention additional tax revenue and entrepreneurial opportunity.
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    The only reason any of this is illegal is the puritanical myth that making things illegal means they won't happen. In practice, making things illegal means those things will be made available by criminal enterprise.
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    It destroys too many lives. It's not a legitimate form of commerce.
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    I worked in a casino for several years: gambling only makes the rich richer at the expense and exploitation of those further down the economic ladder. This is misguided policy and not a priority conversation to even have at this time.
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    Yes- as well as online poker.
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    Regulation! Where have I heard this before? Gambling…what's next. Since I exhale CO2, can I be taxed if I surpass a required limit? Will I be forced to give up exercise? I mean, can I be held responsible for Climate Change. If the Government regulates, it intends to create a fee or tax to cover the cost of this regulation. Federal employees don't work for free do they. Enough of trying to regulate, tax or fee everything. I sometimes wonder what goods would cost without all the hidden regulations?
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