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New Jersey Lawmakers Ready To Fix Smoking Reprieve In AC Casinos

New Jersey Lawmakers Ready To Fix Smoking Reprieve In AC Casinos

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In Atlantic City it is as wonder as to why there even is a City Council. In most cases, it is the casino owners who get exactly what they want when it comes to laws in the city. One example is a recent smoking ban.

The City Council agreed last October with casino owners that felt they would be losing too much money if they did not allow smoking in their casinos. The almighty dollar was put before the health of many employees in these casinos.

“When such a display of poor judgement is used by individual cities, there is usually no doubt that the state will chime in on the issue, and that is what we are seeing in the state of New Jersey,” said observer Peter Hylumster.

A New Jersey State Senate Committee is discussing the possibility of taking the option of giving in to casino owners off the table for the Atlantic City Council. They are preparing a law that would ban smoking in all eleven casinos.

“Thank God that the state sees that the health of workers in our casinos should come before profits for the casino owners. Heck, there is smoking now and we still don’t have the customers we used to,” said a dealer at one of the AC casinos that wished to remain anonymous.

Casino owners are still trying to convince state lawmakers that a smoking ban would cripple their industry. So far, the committee is disregarding these pleas and moving forward with a possible ban.

New iMEGA Lawsuit May Bring Sports Gambling To New Jersey

New iMEGA Lawsuit May Bring Sports Gambling To New Jersey

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The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) is preparing to announce a lawsuit that could result in sports gambling coming to the state of New Jersey, according to Poker News Daily.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was passed back in 1992, but iMEGA is setting in motion a lawsuit that alleges the law is unconstitutional. They will be announcing the lawsuit at a news conference on Monday morning at 11:00 AM.

“The Federal government passing a law that intrudes on states’ rights to determine whether to engage in gambling, and what type of gambling, is a violation of federalism,’ said iMEGA Chairman Joe Brennan to Poker News Daily.

Sports gambling has become a hot topic in other states lately as well. In Delaware, the governor is trying to pass a Bill that would allow legalized sports betting. The Bill would not completely open the sports gambling door, but would call for parlay bets to be legal.

A parlay bet is one in which a gambler picks two or more teams. If all of the teams that are chosen, win, then the person wins the bet. The move in Delaware could start a string of laws in different states to expand sports gambling in the country.

iMEGA has also received attention lately because of their pending lawsuit involving the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The group claims that the UIGEA is unconstitutional, but before their lawsuit is complete, the UIGEA may be overturned anyway.

Representative Barney Frank is leading the battle to end the UIGEA. He is expected to introduce legislation by the end of the month that would not only eliminate the UIGEA, but also call for legalization and regulation of online gambling in the US.

New Hampshire Police Association In Favor Of Expanded Gambling

New Hampshire Police Association In Favor Of Expanded Gambling

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The first groups that come out against expanded gambling in any areas of the US are usually the church groups. Members of the law enforcement agencies are never far behind. It is no secret that law enforcement officials cringe at the idea of more crime that needs policing.

That is why the apparent decision by the New Hampshire Police Association to back one of the expanded gambling Bills in their state is puzzling to some. This is, after all, a group that has fought expanded gambling for over a decade.

The legislative and executive boards of the NHPA voted last week in favor of backing a gambling Bill as long as it came with the proper regulations. That is according to Somersworth Police Captain David B. Kretschmar.

The NHPA has more than 3,000 members including retired officers, to police chiefs, to office clerks. Their sudden change of heart regarding gambling has some wondering if it is not politically motivated. They claim it has nothing to do with personal motives.

“This isn’t something that is retirement driven, I will tell you that. We started to get into the political arena in the past few years and this issue (gambling) is one we looked at,” Kretschmar told The Union Leader.

The gambling issue has heated up in New Hampshire over the past few months. There are two different gambling Bills that are being presented in this legislative session. The budget is a major concern in the state and expanded gambling could ease some of the financial difficulties.

New Hampshire Lawmakers Weighing Options On Gambling

New Hampshire Lawmakers Weighing Options On Gambling

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The state of New Hampshire is much the same as other states these days. Either find ways to create revenue or raise taxes on the people of the state. When faced with those options, the people of the state want to take the first option.

Now, that question will get tricky in the next legislative session when that first option becomes expanded gambling in New Hampshire. Still, people of the state would rather expand gambling than pay higher taxes.

Rockingham Park, in Salem, New Hampshire, will be the area that makes the most noise when lawmakers reconvene. There has been a proposal from a Las Vegas casino company to bring slot machines to Rockingham.

The idea is an attractive one for lawmakers. Their budget projects out to be about $250 million short at the end of this fiscal year. The slot machines have been projected to bring the state about $200 million annually.

If the proposal is accepted and the projections hold up, that would leave only $50 million for the state to have to come up with to balance the budget. The money the expanded gambling could generate could be too good to pass up.

The people of New Hampshire have never been in favor of expanded gambling, but they seem to be liking the idea more these days. With the economy as bad as it is, the added revenue would be a viable option rather than their taxes going up.

Gambling Makes Cheerleading Coach A Convicted Felon

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Anna Miles coaches cheer leading for the Hagerstown Heat in Maryland. It was a gambling fundraiser that has now made Miles a convicted felon.

Miles organized a bingo fundraiser in which she sold tip jars and ran a bingo game. The problem was that she did not have a permit to do either, and she was arrested and charged by prosecutors.

This week Miles was convicted on those charges, but the judge in the case stopped short of sending her to jail. The crime she committed could have landed her in jail for up to five years. The judge suspended the five year sentence and instead gave Miles three years of probation.

Miles is not completely off the hook, however. She still must be in court to face her violation of probation charges. She was on probation when she ran the illegal gambling fundraiser. It was the violation that had the judge the most disturbed.

“There have been some issues with fundraising and money in the past, which I think she has worked hard to deal with, but I don’t think she’s profiting from her cheer business,” said Miles’ lawyer Eric Andrews.

The state convicted Miles but is worried about the outcome of the case. Many organizations use gambling fundraisers to raise money for their cause. After the conviction of Miles, some of these organizations could be reluctant to hold their fundraisers, according to authorities.

New Hampshire Radio Ad Off Mark

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The state of New Hampshire announced this week that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that was written into law to protect against illegal online gambling, is intruding on the state’s legal lottery operation.

Now, late in the week the state came up against opposition to new proposals that would bring legalized slot gambling to the state. The opposition group did not do much research in their work.

A radio commercial is being run by two attorneys in New Hampshire, Phil McGlaughlin and Warren Rudman. The ad tugs at the basic, outdated argument that expanded gambling brings crime to an area. Rudman has stated his opinion on this matter regarding the crime.

“Mr. Rudman’s views that crime associated with expanded gambling outweighs the revenue that can be generated from slot machines. The revenue would help keep taxes from being raised, and there is no evidence with dozens of casinos going up recently around the country that the crime has outweighed the revenue support given an individual state,’ said observer Brent Trumoy.

The government of New Hampshire is searching for ways to avoid having to raise taxes. There are several proposals to legalize slot machines. The state is already losing revenue to their education system thanks to the UIGEA.

Credit card companies have stopped processing subscription packages to the Powerball lottery, which has caused millions of dollars to be lost in New Hampshire. The slot machines would help offset some of that money lost.

Around the country, many lawmakers have used legalized gambling as a way to help with state budgets. In most cases, the casino gambling has been largely successful, and major crime increases has not been reported to be an issue in these states.

New Bingo Gambling Bill in Alabama Targeting Elderly Medical Expenses

New Bingo Gambling Bill in Alabama Targeting Elderly Medical Expenses

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The game of bingo has always been somewhat of an elderly persons game. It could be found at various churches or social clubs and the rooms were usually filled with the elderly.

Now, the game that the older generation helped make popular, could become their saving grace for rising medical expenses.

Representative Marcel Black has plans of sponsoring a Bill in Alabama that would legalize electronic bingo at greyhound tracks in Mobile and Birmingham. The revenue from these machines would go to the states Medicaid Agency.

“Every year they try to create a crisis to justify passing it(gambling Bill). I would expect there would be substantial opposition,” said Mike Hubbard, a Republican Representative from Auburn.

The so called, “create a crisis”, is the fact that Medicaid officials have claimed to need an additional $150 million for the next fiscal year in order to fund the agency. Does not seem to be much of a made up crisis. In fact, it seems like just the type crisis that other states have effectively used gambling revenue taxes to help solve.

William Stewart, a political scientist at the University of Alabama, summed up the chances of the Bill passing, “I don’t think the beneficiary being a very worthy cause like Medicaid will be enough to overcome the opposition to gambling.”

Unfortunately for thousands who are helped by Medicaid in the state, the battle between governing parties will most likely once again become more important to these politicians, leaving no room to help the people in the state they claim to represent.

More Mobsters Arrested in New York For Illegal Gambling

More Mobsters Arrested in New York For Illegal Gambling

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The government is trying to make a statement to organized crime. After taking down over fifty mobsters just a few weeks ago, the FBI has now arrested eight more mobsters.

The FBI is trying their best to make the statement that organized crime will no longer be tolerated. their latest efforts came on Thursday when they arrested eight associates of the Luchese crime family.

Domenico Cutaia was alleged to be the captain of the Luchese crime family, according to the indictment Thursday. He was arrested along with seven of his associates in a nineteen count indictment.

Among the charges handed down, illegal gambling was one of them. It is commonplace that when organized crime members are arrested, there usually are gambling charges involved.

Gambling was not the only problem for the eight arrested, however. Other charges handed down were loansharking, racketeering, mail fraud, extortion, marijuana distribution, and bank fraud.

There are several distinct examples that were identified in the indictment of how the mobsters used threats of violence against people that owed money. Some of the people mentioned were not even in the state of New York.

The others arrested Thursday were, Steven Lapella, Michael Corchione, Salvatore Cutaia, Louis Colello, John Rodopolous, Victor Sperber, and John Baudanza.