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Missouri Lawmakers Restore Problem Gambling Counseling Funds

Missouri Lawmakers Restore Problem Gambling Counseling Funds

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Voters in the state of Missouri decided to expand gambling in the state in the November election. When expanded gambling happens in an area, there is always the hope that treatment for problem gambling will be expanded as well.

This week, the opposite was set to take place in Missouri. Republican lawmaker David Sater, the Chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Health and Social services, stripped away money that was supposed to go towards a problem gambling counseling program.

On Thursday, lawmakers alleviated the potential problem by restoring the funds to the program. The program will receive the previously appropriated $499,745, according to the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Mental Health Department.

Sater had been on record as saying that the money needed to go to more important social needs. That statement created quite a stir among counselors who deal with problem gamblers on a daily basis.

By Thursday, lawmakers had heard the please of the counselors and restored the money. The money comes directly from the casinos in the state, each of which pay $.01 for every $2 casino admission fee that is paid.

New Hampshire Gambling Bill Dies, While Delaware Eyes Sports Bets

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Lawmakers have been pretty clear of late as to how they feel towards allowing casino type gambling at state race tracks. The state House has killed two proposals within the past week alone. On Thursday, the Senate postponed a Bill that would bring slot machine type games to the tracks.

Democrat Lou D’Allesandro sponsored the Bill and was not pleased on Thursday when it was postponed. He is now questioning where the state is going to come up with much needed money to help the current budget deficit.

“There’s no question there is a need for revenue,” said DAllesandro, “We want economic recovery for our state. If you have a better way to solve this problem, please bring it forward.”

While New Hampshire lawmakers seem split on gambling expansion, the same cannot be said for Delaware. Their lawmakers are preparing to unveil a Bill next week that would legalize sports gambling. If approved, it would be the only state East of the Mississippi River where sports betting would be legal.

Governor Jack Markell is behind the Bill, and is claiming that there is already legalized gambling in the state, so it would be contradictory to not allow sports betting. There is a twist, however, in his proposal.

The betting that would be permitted involves parlay bets. That is when a person picks two games to bet on, and has to win both to win the bet. No wagering on single games will be allowed under the new law.

Missouri House Looking To Slow Progress Made From Casino Gambling

Missouri House Looking To Slow Progress Made From Casino Gambling

The Missouri Gaming Commission has made major progress in regulating the state’s casinos. The state House, however, thinks things are moving to quickly for them to comprehend, so they are trying to slow the casino expansion process down.

The House voted on Wednesday for a two year ban on all casino licenses. they claim that the expansion is happening too quickly, and that something needs to be done to slow the process.

“We need to take a step back for a couple of years and need to analyze what’s going on everywhere before we start throwing licenses out,” said Rep. Shannon Cooper.

It might have been too much to ask for Missouri to be a leader into the age of casino gambling that the United States is heading towards. The state seems much more likely to wait and see if others succeed before allowing their own state the chance at increased revenue.

The main concern is Kansas and their expanded gambling efforts. That is more reason, according to Democrats to lead instead of follow.

“If we were in the gaming industry first, why wouldn’t we proceed with gusto and create the best gaming industry we can and let Kansas adjust to us,” said Tom Villa, Representative from St. Louis.

Teamsters Going After Legislators In Mass. Over Casino Issue

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the Teamsters union has waged many battles over the years. With each passing year, and with every political issue, it seems the Teamsters have had their hand in the outcome.

They had been lobbying hard for Governor Patrick’s casino proposal. That proposal was voted down by members of the state House, and it has infuriated the Teamsters union.

The union has now formally warned members of the legislature that they intend on finding candidates to run against them in the November election.

“Although we may not be 100 percent successful, I believe we will win some of the seats and make the rest spend money to protect their seats,” said President of Teamsters Local Union No. 25, Sean M. O’Brien, in a letter to legislators.

Members of the House are not taking kindly to the letter. Some believe the Teamsters are just upset that the vote did not go in their favor.

“I can’t think of anyone who has been more friendly to labor over my 12 years in office than the Massachusetts Legislature. It’s a typical ‘What have you done for me lately?’,” said Representative Michael Rodrigues.

The union is particularly upset because they feel the Governor’s plan would have brought many much needed jobs to members of their union.

Michigan May Clear The Air Of Cigarette Smoke At Casinos

Michigan May Clear The Air Of Cigarette Smoke At Casinos

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Lawmakers in the state of Michigan have heard the rumblings. They go something like this, “if a smoking ban is put in place we will lose all of our business,” or, “smokers have the right to smoke in public and if people don’t like it they can go somewhere else.”

Those are great arguments for continuing to pollute the air that other people breathe, but the facts still remain the same. In Michigan, up to 3,000 people a year are killed because of secondhand smoke.

That is why lawmakers are now discussing a Bill that would eliminate smoking in all public areas, including casinos. The risk of losing revenue is no longer the issue for these lawmakers, saving lives is.

“We’re going to give it our best shot,” said Representative Bert Johnson, “There is an importance to having a ban in place.” That importance is one in which thirty five other states have already started with some form of a smoking ban in public places.

The smoking ban issue is much like the actual casino gambling issue. The opponents to both have been throwing the same stale defenses out everytime the issue comes up. The only problem with these defenses are that they are outdated at a time when the country is evolving.

One businessman in Michigan has already prepared for the worst, and seemed to be holding the state hostage in declaring that a smoking ban would further hurt the economy and cause people to lose jobs.

“Without smokers, I don’t know if I’d be in business,” said David Munson, owner of the Summer Trails Inn in Standish, “If I lost 15% of my revenue, I’d have to let somebody go, and I have a hard time staying open.”

Hopefully, Munson will land on his feet should he lose his business when a smoking ban eventually is put in place. Or maybe, some of the 3,000 lives that will be saved from the ban can become new customers of his.

Medford Gambling on Long Odds in North Carolina Trial

Medford Gambling on Long Odds in North Carolina Trial

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Bobby Medford was the Sheriff of Buncombe County and spent much of his life on the right side of the law, chasing criminals. Now, after allegedly getting involved with illegal gambling, he will face his most important gambling decision to date.

Medford must decide if he is going to plead not guilty and fight the Federal indictment that was handed down on him. If he chooses to fight the charges, the odds will certainly not be in his favor.

Last year, eighty seven percent of people who were charged with federal crimes plead guilty. That number indicates that once the Federal Government gets involved, the chances are pretty good they have already done the necessary investigating to lock people up.

At a local level, the numbers do not get much better for Medford. Eighty Eight percent of people in North Carolina that were charged federally last year plead guilty That was out of 922 people. Of the forty one that went to trial, only two were acquitted by a jury. So basically, unless Medford is planning to hire O.J.’s defense team, it might be better for him to plea out his case.

Chances are that if the case is plead out, Medford will receive less of a sentence than if he fights the charges and is found guilty.

He is set to be in court for a hearing and to find him a court appointed attorney. His long time lawyer has told the judge he might not be able to represent Medford.

Man Guilty in Gambling Case Serves Time, Then Gets IRS Bill

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Imagine that you plea out a criminal case and believe all your legal problems would end with the plea, then imagine getting hit with a $1 million tax bill after you serve your time.

That is what happened to a Dothan, Alabama, man. He plead guilty to illegal gambling charges back in 1999. The prison term was fifteen months. Tim Reeves believed at the time that he was pleading out everything and that no legal trouble would follow him once he served his sentence.

Now Reeves and his attorneys are claiming that the government broke their own deal by sending him a tax bill for the time he was running the illegal gambling operation.

“My whole deal in settling all of this was that it was going to all go away,” said reeves, “But we’re still here nine years later?”

A Federal judge ruled that Reeves is still responsible for the bill and that the plea agreement he made had nothing to do with money he owed the IRS.

The breakdown of the money Reeves owes is as follows, $335,000 in Federal excise taxes, $117,250 in civil fraud penalties, and interest on those two totals that has brought the total over $1 million, according to Reeves.

Massachusetts Taking Baby Steps Towards Casino Gambling

Massachusetts Taking Baby Steps Towards Casino Gambling

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The state of Massachusetts appears ready to take the plunge into the world of legalized gambling. It is not, however, the elaborate plan that Governor Duval Patrick had in mind when he first suggested the idea.

Governor Patrick ran his campaign in Massachusetts with a platform that included bringing casino gambling to the state. His first efforts from last year were turned away by legislators, but this year it appears the idea is gaining momentum.

The state may have to take baby steps before it realizes the ultimate goal of Patrick, which is casino resorts. A plan is being proposed today by Treasurer Tim Cahill that would bring three slot parlors to Massachusetts.

Cahill’s plan is to place a twenty seven percent tax on revenue that is generated at these slot parlors. Under the proposal the halls would be allowed from 2,500 to 3,000 slot machines each. If approved, Cahill believes the state would bring in an additional $244 million.

Governor Patrick actually had projections that were lower than that of Cahill when he proposed his casino resorts. The money generated from Cahill’s plan would actually be higher for the state, with less gambling taking place.

The money that would be generated would come largely from licensing rights. Licensing fees would be paid under a fifteen to twenty year contract and could bring the state upwards of $2 billion.

Massachusetts Gambling Debate To Heat Up With Governor’s Advice

Massachusetts Gambling Debate To Heat Up With Governor’s Advice

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The state of Massachusetts is in the same position that most states are these days, they have legalized certain forms of gambling that the government can control, such as the lottery and bingo, but have not taken the next step, casino gambling.

In the next week Governor Deval Patrick is set to release his findings into whether the state should support the legalization of casino gambling.

The state is in a better position than it was financially a few years ago, so money, although enticing, will not be the only motivating factor to whether or not to support the form of gambling.

The central issue in the state is whether to put slot machines into their racetracks in Plainville, Revere, and Taunton-Raynham.

This is where the split in politicians comes in, some want to allow the racetracks to have the slot machines to generate more money and jobs, while others believe the state should hold out and allow the racetracks to bid on the right to have the slot machines.

Massachusetts is like most states in that their morals seem to arise only in times of non economic crisis, so the outcome of the debate in this state could most likely be drawn out for a long time, or at least until the budget takes a hit strong enough that the issue of allowing casino gambling becomes a valuable option.

Mark Up Phase Of Barney Frank Bill Complete, Vote Coming Later Today

Mark Up Phase Of Barney Frank Bill Complete, Vote Coming Later Today

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What was expected to be a longer wait throughout the day, quickly turned into the mark up phase of the new Barney Frank online gambling Bill, members of the Finance Services Committee approved the mark up and it will now go to a full vote later in the day.

Frank and some of his fellow Committee members blasted the sports leagues for their opposition to the Bill. Representative King went as far as to say that he was shocked by the opposition of the sports leagues to a Bill that they were held out of.

Frank was perplexed that the major sports leagues would oppose the Bill even after he conceded to them and excluded them from the Bill, against his wishes. Now that the marking up stage is complete, Frank will try to break the deadlock that caused the Bill to fail a few months ago. The Bill will go to vote later in the day.

Representative Bacchus continued his assault on the Bill, claiming that Frank is continually trying to impede the UIGEA from moving forward. He opposed the Bill, just as he had last time, but did acknowledge thanks for the revisions that were made by Frank in the new Bill.

Stay with CGW for the entire day as we will have updates of the vote as soon as it takes place.

New York Post Being Sued By Three Chiefs Over Gambling Editorials

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When a major new publication takes a stand on an issue, they must be careful how they word their opinions. The New York Post is accused of going overboard in recent editorials in their paper.

Three chiefs from the St. Regis Mohawks have taken exception to things that were printed in editorials in the New York Post. The chiefs have filed a defamation lawsuit.

The tribe had proposed to build a gambling casino near New York City. The proposal was for a casino in Monticello. The New York Post took exception to the casino and the proposal.

The lawsuit is claiming that the paper portrayed the tribe as a criminal enterprise. The chiefs are seeking $60 million in payment from the defamation lawsuit.

Two editorials are the focal point of the lawsuit. The first one was published last year. It claimed that the tribe was involved with a cigarette and gun smuggling ring. It also portrayed the tribe as being involved with engaging in shoot-outs with police officers.

In the second editorial, that was published last month, the words “criminal enterprise” was used in describing the tribe. The chiefs have filed the lawsuit with the New York Supreme Court