Congressional lawmakers this week expressed interest in regulating sports gambling but have yet to lay out any concrete proposals. At a hearing Thursday of a House Judiciary subcommittee, Republican members of Congress said the government should do something to protect Americans from gambling addiction and exploitation.
“I do not believe gambling is a victimless activity,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. “I think that online gambling, in particular, can be more destructive to the families and communities of addictive gamblers than if a bricks-and-mortar casino were built next door.”
The hearing was the first Congress has held on the issue since the Supreme Court decision in June to strike down a law confining sports gambling to four states and full-service sports books to Nevada. Since then, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, and West Virginia have legalized betting on professional and amateur sports, with more states considering adding sports books to their existing racetracks or casinos. —L.L