February 6, 2015
American Conservative Union Supports States’ Rights on Internet Gambling – the right of each state to prohibit or regulate such activity and not the federal government
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 6, 2015) – American Conservative Union (ACU) Executive Director Dan Schneider released the following statement regarding the reintroduction by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) of the “Restoration of America’s Wire ACT” (RAWA).
“Jason Chaffetz is a good conservative with an American Conservative Union lifetime rating of 94 percent. However, we are disappointed that on this issue he is taking the side of big government. Conservatives don’t have to agree on the value of gambling, but we should agree that it is unwise to use the brute force of the federal government to try to stop states from making their own decisions on this activity, especially if the reason for this action is to support gambling entrepreneurs in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for them, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas; it should be up to the states to determine if they want to reject or accept Vegas.
The ACU trusts governors, including the 31 Republicans, to set the gambling regulations in each state; whether that is prohibition or regulation. The federal government does have a role in legitimate law enforcement matters, but it should not take on the added responsibility of overriding a state’s inherent police powers. Indeed, Congress already has expressly supported the rights of each state with this activity in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 where the fundamental principle of states’ rights was preserved.
In November 2014, the American Conservative Union joined 11 other conservative organizations on a letter to the leaders of both houses of Congress to advocate against this usurpation of states’ rights. RAWA violates the letter and spirit of this principle.
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