he American Gaming Association (AGA) today informed the House representatives that “no additional federal engagement is needed” in sports betting in the first hearing since PASPA four months ago, 'Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America.”
Sara Slane, the AGA’s senior vice-president of public affairs, was among those to give evidence to a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing. Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) chair Becky Harris and academic John Kindt, a prominent opponent of gambling, also gave evidence, along with representatives from the NFL and the Sheldon Adelson-backed Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling.
"Earlier today, I testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations at a hearing entitled, "Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America.” I provided AGA’s perspective on why states and sovereign tribal nations – not the federal government – are best positioned to regulate and oversee legal sports betting markets," explained Ms. Slane.
"We are honoured for the opportunity to testify on behalf of the USD261 billion US casino gaming industry and the 1.8 million employees we support throughout the country and will better explain how the post-PASPA world will serve and protect the American public while providing significant economic opportunities for a variety of stakeholders."
The subcommittee will consider whether further federal oversight is necessary, with states such as New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia and Delaware having legalised betting unilaterally since PASPA was repealed.
“My testimony focused on conveying the extent to which the gaming industry is already a well-regulated industry from the top-down and why states and sovereign tribal nations – not the federal government – are best positioned to regulate and oversee legal sports betting markets,” Slane declared.
In advance of today’s hearing, Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01) and Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ-03) – two Members from states that currently have legal, regulated sports betting – had sent a letter to Subcommittee members emphasizing how state regulations are effective and urging caution with regard to additional federal regulation.
Additionally, many stakeholders came forward ahead of the hearing to articulate their opinions about legal sports betting in the states:
- Citizens Against Government Waste - Legal Sports Betting Should Be Allowed to Thrive
- Competitive Enterprise Institute - Congress Should Stay out of Sports Betting Regulation
- American Legislative Exchange Council - Congress to Stop States from Making Their Own Bets?
- Americans for Tax Reform - Letter to Subcommittee and The Hill Op Ed
- National Conference of State Legislators - Letter to Subcommittee
- Major County Sheriffs of America - Letter to Subcommittee
- The American Conservative Union - Letter to Subcommittee
- National Fraternal Order of Police - Letter to Subcommittee
- Consumer Action for a Strong Economy - Letter to Subcommittee
“The AGA is unwavering in our commitment to continue a constructive dialogue on sports betting with all stakeholders. I hope to engage in a productive discussion at the hearing with members of the subcommittee and serve as a resource for anyone considering statutory or regulatory policies to govern sports betting,” she concluded.