Utah Introduces Anti-Online Gambling Legislation

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Utah Republican State Representative Stephen Sandstorm has introduced legislation within the State House that would prohibit online gambling for the entire state.

Sandstorm introduced House Bill 108 which would: "....to prevent Internet gaming including gambling that could be conducted on handheld devices, which are not always necessarily connected to the Internet. This legislation would also block the possibility of Indian casinos coming to Utah. Through a specific opt-out provision, H.B. 108 is a direct response by the state of Utah to H.R. 1174, currently under review by the U.S. Congress that would legalize online gambling in the states unless individual states proactively opt out."

Rep. Sandstorm believes that Utah should be free of any type of gambling, saying "We want to keep Utah free from the negative impacts of legalized gambling. Without courageous leadership to block Internet gaming, Utah could see Indian casinos popping up statewide in just a few years."

"Utah is only one of two states that prohibit any form of gambling, Hawaii being the other. Unfortunately, this could change soon because Hawaii is currently considering legalizing gaming, leaving Utah to fight the principled fight against legalized gambling on its own."