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A Utah bill that would ban online gambling throughout the state has moved on to the state Senate on Tuesday after passing through the House with a 61-9 vote.
Utah House Bill 108 was introduced by Republican State Representative Stephen Sandstrom earlier in the year and moved through the house quickly after federal politicians assured that any national legislation would include state opt outs.
Sandstrom was able to move the legislation through the House by saying that any state opt out of online gambling would have to occur within 60 days of federal legislation legalizing online gambling. He argued that the state should act proactively to protect the state from online gambling.
Commenting on gambling in his state, Sandstrom said, “Utah is unique, and one of the reasons we are unique is we do not have any forms of gambling that are legal." Utah's state constitution bans any form of gambling.
As part of the bill, the Governor of Utah would have to notify Washington that Utah will not participate in online gambling if a federal regulation of the hobby is passed.