The House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee listened to opinions on the Restoration of America’s Wire Act on Wednesday, the second time RAWA has been the topic of a home hearing.
RAWA gets around more, yet continues to be as unloved, as this 1 girl you went to school with.
AKA the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, RAWA was heard in the House of Representatives on during an Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) session titled, ‘A Casino in Every Smartphone: Law Enforcement Implications. wednesday’
(We’re uncertain if they were making a play in the old Herbert Hoover slogan ‘A Chicken in almost every Pot’ with that session name, but choice that is interesting anyway.)
Four witnesses brought their supposed expertise to Washington, DC, to testify on Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s (R-Utah) legislation that would restore the Wire Act to its pre-2011 interpretation. Four years ago, the Department of Justice ruled that the pre-Internet 1961 law that is federaln’t necessarily prohibit online gambling, effectively opening states to legalize online casinos.
‘We’ve had attorneys that are numerous, numerous governors saying, ‘You can not do that to your state,” Chaffetz stated in their remarks. ‘ You simply don’t unilaterally replace the law by having an OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) opinion.
‘ That poses a problem for lots of states. States that have legalized gambling, states like myself [sic] that have no gaming, and don’t desire to possess any video gaming,’ Chaffetz declared.
‘ The interpretation of the Wire Act has been a relevant question before 2011 plus it remains a question now,’ State Senator Mark Lipparelli (R-Nevada) testified. ‘You have situation now where you have actually old law that hasn’t kept up with innovation.’
Lipparelli was instrumental in bringing poker that is online Nevada, as he formerly served since the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Throughout the RAWA hearing, Lipparelli was routinely asked to protect legalization, which he did successfully, based on observers that are many.
Lost throughout the hearing was a understanding that is central of constitutes ‘legal online gambling’ versus ‘illegal online gambling’.
FBI Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division Joseph Campbell provided several instances where his division has infiltrated unlawful syndicates, concealing their identity online to launder money. However, when asked to offer accounts of any currently legal and gambling that is regulated’s transgressions into the exact same vein, Campbell said he could maybe not furnish such examples.
Republican South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson swore that their state’s experience with land-based video poker happens to be an enormous negative, and that ‘gambling addictions proliferated exponentially.’
‘Despite South Carolina’s continued most useful efforts over the decades to protect our residents from the threats posed by gambling, the Department of Justice’s revised interpretation of this Wire Act has opened the door to online gambling, potentially turning any mobile device in our state in to a virtual casino.’
Nebraska attorney Donald Kleine then also expressed issues about states legalizing gambling on computers and smartphones. ‘on the web gambling easily crosses domestic and worldwide boundaries and can often be accessed by anyone with Internet access,’ Kleine explained.
Location, Location, Not Only Location
A shared trepidation among RAWA supporters is that current technology cannot accurately determine the whereabouts of the user trying to enter a casino that is online. ‘ I think it’s naïve at better to think you’ll place a wall on the net,’ Chaffetz stated.
But Chaffetz, whom also serves due to the fact OGR seat, said his concerns are far more than simply location.
‘Location is … a core part of it, but it also is because of how old you are, this has to do with your intoxication (level), it has to do with a entire host of things,’ Chaffetz detailed.
Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Alabama) also voiced fears about an adolescent obtaining a your hands on a smartphone with a casino app installed and losing the adult owner’s entire bankroll. Lipparelli responded by declaring that such a concern isn’t particular to online gambling, and so it’s no more dangerous, or perhaps even less dangerous due to regulated iGaming controls, than a youth obtaining a bank card and going crazy shopping on the net.
Those that did attend seemed apprehensive in voting to have Congress get involved with deciding the fate of online gambling for all 50 states though the majority of the 43 OGR committee members skipped the RAWA discussion.
OGR Website Censored
Viewers can afford to watch the RAWA discussion in its entirety on the OGR website, or watch three carefully selected excerpts posted below the session that is hours-long.
Though the conference ended up being well-rounded and lively, the 3 clips on the OGR website appears to highlight the best exchanges of primarily RAWA proponents.
Chaffetz’s entire inquiry, which was supposed to be restricted to 5 minutes, but ran for over nine, is available for viewing in its entirety. As are comments from Wilson as he recounts a tale where a young child died in a hot car outside a casino as the mom compulsively gambled inside.
Palmer’s questioning, including his opinion that gambling goals poor people, can additionally be watched. Palmer was one of, or maybe the sole, representative in attendance that came across as in help of RAWA, besides bill sponsor Chaffetz, of course.
Meyer Lansky Heirs Seek Compensation Claim for Cuban Casino
Meyer Lansky, ‘the Mob’s Accountant,’ who fled the Cuban Revolution, leaving his Havana casinos behind him. (Image: museumsyndicate.com)
When Meyer Lansky built the Habana Riviera Hotel and Casino in 1957, Havana was swinging.
It ended up being, at the time, the largest purpose-built hotel in the world and Ginger Rogers played on the night that is opening.
Lansky complained that while Rogers could ‘wiggle her ass’ she ‘couldn’t sing a note that is goddam’ but the famous Jewish mobster had been happy sufficient.
After all, times were good: he’d installed himself in the presidential suite and within the very first year he would make $3 million from his new project.
But revolution had been in the air, and in 1959 Lansky was forced to flee the nation, as was his great friend, the dictator and President of Cuba Fulgencio Batista, under whose patronage the United states Mafia had flourished in Cuba.
Lots of Havana’s casinos had been damaged into the fighting and looting as Castro’s forces swarmed into town. In 1960 all of Cuba’s hotels had been nationalized and gambling became illegal.
The entranceway is Open
But, history lesson aside, now that the usa has restored diplomatic ties with its old foe, there is talk of honoring 50-year-old legal claims relating to the newest confiscation of property, and Lansky’s heirs believe they will have a claim on the Riviera.
Gary Rapoport, a commercial propane salesman from Florida and Lansky’s grandson, says that their mother, his uncle and he, as beneficiaries of Lansky’s trust, should be entitled to some kind of compensation.
‘The hotel was taken from my grandfather forcefully,’ he told NBC Miami. ‘Cuba owes my loved ones money.’
‘Trust me,’ he proceeded, ‘I’m perhaps not looking to move down to Cuba and take over the business. I believe my loved ones is entitled to something.
‘ We never filed a claim with the government or hired an attorney earlier because we did not think the entranceway for negotiating would ever really available. Now it really is open’
‘ Governments change their mind on a lot of various things. I’m looking at it as a businessman,’ he added.
Did Lansky Die Broke?
Meyer Lansky, dubbed the Mob’s accountant, was a teenage friend of Bugsy Siegel and Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano who does later become the relative head of the Genovese Crime Family. He began his career, with Siegel, operating a violent bootlegging procedure during Prohibition, but eventually developed a gambling empire that stretched across the entire world.
Despite a career that is lifelong arranged crime, he was never convicted of anything even worse than unlawful gambling.
Lansky invested hugely in Cuba, and the revolution cost him millions. He was ostensibly broke, although the FBI believed he had squirreled away some $300 million into offshore bank accounts when he died, in 1983 of lung cancer, aged 80.
It’s unclear whether his family members does have a claim in the Riviera. The revolutionaries of 1959 were furious utilizing the corruption of the Batista government and particularly using the real way the dictator had sold off land and assets towards the American Mafia.
Court Bars DraftKings and FanDuel from Operating in New York
Justice Manuel Mendez, who sided with brand New York Attorney General Schneiderman and granted an injunction against DraftKings and FanDuel today. (Image: uptowncollective.com)
DraftKings and FanDuel have actually experienced a blow that is huge their legal battle to continue to operate in their state of New York.
A judge today granted the injunction looked for by the brand new York Attorney General’s workplace that prevents the operators from taking bets from New Yorkers for the duration of the case.
FanDuel agreed to suspend its operations in the continuing state before the outcome of today’s hearing, while DraftKings had defiantly continued to take bets, but must now cease to achieve this.
While this is not the end of the lawsuit between the day-to-day dream sports operators and New York, the signs are ominous for the sites; the court would be unlikely to grant the injunction without strongly favoring the position of the attorney general.
The litigation escalated in mid-November when AG Eric Schneiderman wrote cease and desist letters towards the two sites informing them that their operations constituted ‘illegal gambling’ under New York law.
While New York’s DFS fans protested regarding the roads, both sites launched legal action from the AG’s office in order to challenge the opinion and protect their business in the state.
They also launched an unsuccessful request for a temporary restraining order to prevent Schneiderman from issuing the injunction that was given today.
Solicitors for web sites spent hrs at a New York Assembly hearing on DFS on Tuesday arguing that the practice had been a game of skill and that transparency and player protection had been paramount to your industry.
‘ We should work with you to ensure that fantasy competitions are legal, safe for consumers, and continue to deliver the great entertainment value that has driven our growth over the past several years,’ FanDuel’s counsel for policy and government affairs Cory Fox told assembled lawmakers in Albany.
‘ We genuinely believe that the most readily useful path forward for the fantasy sports industry is to create regulatory solutions that will allow the millions of users who love fantasy sports to play.’
Something of Value
But today in court the question that is simple Justice Manuel Mendez was necessary to answer ended up being whether setting a DFS line-up is a skill or a bet. It is, he answered, the latter.
The websites’ lawyers had argued that simply because they were not taking ‘wagers’ but entry costs DFS could not be viewed as gambling under state legislation, an argument that Mendez dismissed.
‘New York State penal law does not refer to ‘wagering’ or ‘betting,’ rather it states that a person, ‘risks something of value,” he said. ‘The payment of an ‘entry fee’ as high as $10,600 using one or more contests daily could be deemed risking certainly ‘something of value.”