aga backs lawmakers to stop betting ban

While Congress members may have sent mixed signals over the past few years, the American Gaming Association (AGA) feels that most legislators are in favour of stopping the federal ban on one of the country’s favourite pastimes: sports betting.

The activity has been illegal in 46 states since the passage of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) way in 1992. Presently, the only state that has active legalized betting on sports is Nevada.

The AGA, which also represents the interests of the casino industry in Washington, will be one of the groups presenting its side to Capitol Hill to end federal restrictions on sports betting and online gaming.

Attorney general, Jeff Sessions, publicly has no stance on regulated sports gambling, but he has voiced his firm opposition to online gambling, including poker.

Those pursuits came under the Wire Act passed by Congress all the way back in 1961 and made it illegal for certain types of gambling.

Internet gambling was under the Wire Act until 2011, when it was exempted from the federal ban.

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has led the effort to lobby Congress and donated several millions to the Republican Party, trying to get representatives and senators to clear the Restoration of America’s Wire Act. Although many legislators still oppose the bill and the National Governors Association penned a letter to Sessions voicing its exasperation.