Opponents of sports betting in Texas argue that it is already taking place, and it ought to be banned completely in the Lone Star State as well. However, the day might be coming when neutrals who support sports betting in Texas will not need to drive all the way to Oklahoma or Louisiana any longer. For one thing, the Texas legislature has already approved a bill that makes it illegal for sports books in the Lone Star State to allow sports gambling on their premises. This means that you will have to play your games and wagers over the Internet, and that will be the ultimate solution if you live in Texas.
Opponents of sports betting in Texas argue that the law is so broad, that even the fallacy people of Texas are excluded. One argument of this kind is that the Texas State Supreme Court has said that the new law goes against the US Constitution. In other words, the court has ruled that Texas has the prerogative to ban gambling at any place where gambling is prohibited by federal law. Opponents argue that the fallacy are not only entitled to win the case in court, but also that the new Texas law goes far beyond the prohibition on gambling and crosses the line, since the legislature has defined that any place in Texas where gambling is prohibited becomes a place where sports betting is prohibited as well.
The legislature has passed what it deemed to be a prohibition on sports betting across the state. Opponents claim that this was never intended because no one in Texas has ever asked for such a regulation. Opponents would like to see the law changed so that no casino, land-based casinos, or live casinos are allowed to be operated within the state. Although no one from Texas has ever asked for a regulation to ban all casinos, the legislature seems bent on making one, perhaps to curry favor with the Texasoisowners of the largest newspapers in the state.
After the Texas Supreme Court legalized sports betting in Texas, many politicians jumped on the bandwagon to get their hands on the legalized money. As expected, most of these same politicians then jumped on the “no-wins” bandwagon and worked tirelessly to get the same laws passed in all fifty states across America. Unfortunately for these politicians, they were unsuccessful. Many voters in Texas were still able to vote, but they were under the mistaken impression that legalization meant total victory, which it did not.
After the legalization of sports betting in Texas, politicians immediately began working to get the laws passed in every single state that had a legal gambling industry. Unfortunately, these same lawmakers worked very hard to pass the same laws in every single state that did not already have legalized gambling. This led to a lot of confusion for the voters when they went to cast their votes. Even though they knew that the legislature was attempting to pass the same laws everywhere, they still believed that they were voting against gambling everywhere.
One of the first new laws to be passed was in Arizona. The law stated that a winning player on an “even” point spread must pay the winner of the point spread instead of the person who picked up the pot. This was not popular at all. This led to an argument between former Arizona Governor Gary Johnson and his running mate, John McCain. Johnson accused McCain of wanting to “give the people what they want,” while McCain responded by saying, “Let the people decide how they want to spend their money.”
Unfortunately, these types of arguments are becoming quite common between politicians who try to pass voter-approved laws, even when they don’t really benefit the voters. In the end, the voters often come out on the losing end, as the legislature passes a bunch of “goodies” to the businesses that financed the campaign. For example, after Florida’s legislature passed a bill requiring casinos to play only “exotic” games, the Florida hotel and tourism industry immediately went out of business, as many of the tourists who used to visit the state’s casinos were forced to take their business to the new casinos across the state.
Perhaps the worst example came in Montana, where the state legislature passed a bill limiting how much money an online gambling site could make off of local players. When the law was approved, it was immediately challenged in court by the World Wide Web Poker Association, which represents thousands of online gambling websites. According to the World Wide Web Poker Association, the Montana law is “clearly preempted” by federal law. Now, instead of the state government protecting online gambling sites from competition, it is the courts, which are trying to protect the sites from competition. Not only are residents in Montana indirectly paying for this lawsuit, but the entire country may soon be put in such a position. This is why it is essential to pay attention to the latest developments on Capitol Hill and do everything you can to make sure the final reform bill doesn’t become a law.