DELAWARE - Lawmakers from both parties of U.S. Congress have introduced legislation to ban online gambling nationwide.
This just months after Delaware legalized internet gaming. Officials in the First State hope the extra revenue will help boost Delaware's three casinos, which have been suffering because of competition from neighboring states. Online gambling is also legal in New Jersey and Nevada.
Governor Jack Markell's office released a statement in response to the measure:
"The Governor opposes theGraham-Chaffetz bill introduced yesterday that would ban all internet gaming,including the internet gaming that the state lottery operates solely withinDelaware's borders. Gaming has traditionally been regulated by the statesand the Governor sees no reason for the federal government to interfere withthe state lotteries and other gaming that various states now authorize andregulate. He will certainly convey his opposition to the bill toDelaware's congressional delegation and work through groups like the NationalAssociation of State and Provincial Lotteries to make our positionknown."