Sheldon Adelson’s Restoration of America’s Wire Act is set to be heard this March, after months of standing still. The online gambling ban would reverse the decision by the United States Department of Justice that changed the Wire Act of 1961 to allow online gambling within the states excluding sports betting. Adelson does not want the activity to be allowed and is backing the legislation, which was introduced by Jason Chaffetz, of the House of Representatives.
The hearing for RAWA has been scheduled for March 5th and will take place in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. Surprisingly, Chaffetz is a member of this committee. Chaffetz with the help of Senator Lindsey Graham, introduced the measure in March of 2014 and never saw the bill brought to committee that year.
Toward the end of 2014, there was a late push for the bill but the bill did not move forward. The hearing will have a look at the bill and could go either way based on who testifies and the feelings of those involved. Adelson’s cronies have shown they have a tough time being on the spot and basically cannot back up their claims on the subject. It will be interesting to see how is called to testify and if they will be able to prove why the legislation needs to be passed.
When considering who is actually on the committee, it may be more one-sided as to how the hearing will go. If those in favor of the legislation are in control of who is in attendance and the witness list, it may lean more towards the legislation moving forward.
The hearing does place cause for concern on the online gambling front but players should note that legislation has to go through several channels before it can be made in to law.