Legislation to open a Chicago casino with up to 10,000 slot machines received a less than enthusiastic reception on Wednesday from Illinois gaming officials who testified at a hearing in the Windy City.
Casino-resorts are being discriminated against by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) and other federal agencies which frequently schedule conferences in less controversial, and often more expensive, venues, according to a Nevada congressman who has authored a bill to end the practice.
Congress’ former chief critic of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) has said he is not surprised Visa and major banks are reluctant to process payments for legitimate online gaming transactions.
The bill introduced Wednesday by Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah to ban Internet gambling has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, and that is not good news for the online gaming industry.
In a swift response to letters by Republican governors supporting an Internet gambling ban, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) has declared its opposition to legislation set to be unveiled today by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz.