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NCSL Comes Out Against Online Gambling Ban

US based group The National Conference of State Legislatures has come out against a bill that would ban online gambling in the United States, saying that the bill infringes on state rights.

The announcement of the group's position came in the form of a letter, which claimed that the bill would take away an individual state's rights to determine whether it wanted online gambling or not.

Oregon State Senator and NCSL President Bruce Starr penned the letter, in which he said: “States have proven that they are effective regulators of the gambling industry and the proponents of this legislation fail to make a case that we have been negligent in our responsibilities to the industry and consumers."

Starr was joined in opposition to the federal bill by Nevada State Senator Debbie Smith, who said that states are best suited to make a decision on internet gambling, not the federal government.