State Lottery Directors To Lobby Against Federal Online Poker

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The Directors of six U.S. state lotteries are planning to head to Washington D.C. to lobby against the Reid-Kyl bill which would legalize online poker in the United States.

Lottery Directors from the states of Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Washington, Kentucky, Missouri, and New Hampshire are set to come to the nation's capital to speak out about the bill, which many see as a threat against the expansion of their individual lottery operations. The Reid-Kyl bill would specifically ban all other forms of online gambling outside of poker.

A spokesman for one of the bill's draftees Sen. Harry Reid said that the Senate Majority Leader would meat with opponents to address their concerns about the bill. Thus far, the Reid-Kyl bill has met criticism from politicians, businesses, and advocacy groups. who have spelled out the draft's weaknesses.