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Groups Push For Reid-Kyl Online Gambling Bill

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December 4, 2012

All eyes are on the fiscal cliff during this lame duck, but a variety of groups hope Congress will also move on online gambling legislation before the last days of the 112th.

The latest effort comes from Catholic and conservative-leaning groups, who sent a letter today to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to move on a draft bill crafted by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and retiring Republican Sen. Jon Kyl.

Catholic Advocate, American Majority Action and 60 Plus Association sent the letter, which calls upon Congress to move the legislation which they say will “protect our seniors, our children, and give law enforcement the tools they need to protect the vulnerable from illegal predatory gambling interests.”

The Reid-Kyl effort would legalize online poker and ban other kinds of online gambling, and came in response to a 2011 Justice Department decision that essentially allowed for new kinds of online gambling at the state level.

The latest letter follows similar efforts this month from the Fraternal Order of Police and National Association of Convenience Stores, which both back the Reid-Kyl effort.

Opponents of the legislation include the National Governors Association, who sent a letter of its own to leadership before the election.

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