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house Bill H.R. 416

Fantasy Football: Should States be Able to Legalize Sports Gambling?

Argument in favor

Sports gambling is going to occur whether the federal government bans it or not. It is better for states to make their own decision and regulate it than force such activities to Las Vegas or the black market.

Mart's Opinion
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10/30/2015
Asked this way, yes; but, it's not anyone's business to regulate, legalize or deregulate this. It is a business transaction between adults. Stop interfering with people.
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USAFCCF's Opinion
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10/31/2015
Leave it up to the states, they will do a better job than the Feds
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11/05/2015
By referencing the 10th amendment of the United States Constitution, it looks to be reserved to the States respectively, or to the people to decide this matter.
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Argument opposed

The federal government should allow states to sanction activities that harm the financial well being of their citizens. This includes forms of sports gambling like fantasy football leagues that offer prizes.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/30/2015
Sports gambling will be another temptation for low income families to spend their low wages on for the possibility to make profit. Lotteries already make low income families financial situation worse (typical low income families spend $25 a week on lottery tickets.) We don't need these same families losing even MORE money with sports gambling.
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Laylah51's Opinion
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01/07/2016
Just ONCE I'd like to see a Republican introduce a bill that actually helps the American people.
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operaman's Opinion
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10/30/2015
Is sport gambling, like in Las Vegas, the same as virtual "reality" fantasy football? As soon as a State or Government smells money being made, it thinks crime or maybe virtual crime may be committed against another "sucker who wants to make big money" without working for it. Nice smartphone apps and computer applications being advertised on National TV networks draws in the gamer/sucker to participate in winning "easy money" for a few bucks. So, no investigation into sport gambling whether real or virtual. Leave Vegas to do the Vegas style gambling and leave office and bar gambling to citizens who wants a friendly neighborhood game. That Federal camel is trying to poke it's nose under the gambling tent to figure out how it can tax a fun game of friendly betting. And if you use a local bookie to support a nasty gambling habit, then you deserve whatever happens when you don't pay up. A broken knee tends to speed up a learning curve.
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      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 20th, 2015
    Asked this way, yes; but, it's not anyone's business to regulate, legalize or deregulate this. It is a business transaction between adults. Stop interfering with people.
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    Leave it up to the states, they will do a better job than the Feds
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    Sports gambling will be another temptation for low income families to spend their low wages on for the possibility to make profit. Lotteries already make low income families financial situation worse (typical low income families spend $25 a week on lottery tickets.) We don't need these same families losing even MORE money with sports gambling.
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    By referencing the 10th amendment of the United States Constitution, it looks to be reserved to the States respectively, or to the people to decide this matter.
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    Just ONCE I'd like to see a Republican introduce a bill that actually helps the American people.
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    If for no other reason than that regulating Fantasy Football betting (and the other forms outlined in this legislation) would be nearly impossible without spending so much money that the cost-benefit value of what amounts to a 1930s "sin tax" is not worth considering. Regulate and tax (i.e. Generate some revenue from it), don't demonize something that would be overly burdensome to the taxpayer and result in incarceration of even more citizens.
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    The federal govt shouldn't be involved in this at all.
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    Sure. Each State should have the freedom to allow Gambling and regulate it as they see fit. One caveat- if you gamble, you should not be eligible for any Federal welfare programs...
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    Why not let states have rights?
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    Please stop trying to regulate everyday life. People should be able to participate in gambling if they desire. Republicans want to regulate people and Democrats want to regulate business.
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    No, no, no. Legalizing is just a gateway for taxing. And when you tax gambling, you are taxing those who are already foolish with money, compounding the problem. This should be illegal as a business. Friends doing a pot for March Madness? I won't get in on it, but also won't interfere. But this is pure greed and stupidity.
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    I don't watch or gamble on sports so ask those who do.
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    Is sport gambling, like in Las Vegas, the same as virtual "reality" fantasy football? As soon as a State or Government smells money being made, it thinks crime or maybe virtual crime may be committed against another "sucker who wants to make big money" without working for it. Nice smartphone apps and computer applications being advertised on National TV networks draws in the gamer/sucker to participate in winning "easy money" for a few bucks. So, no investigation into sport gambling whether real or virtual. Leave Vegas to do the Vegas style gambling and leave office and bar gambling to citizens who wants a friendly neighborhood game. That Federal camel is trying to poke it's nose under the gambling tent to figure out how it can tax a fun game of friendly betting. And if you use a local bookie to support a nasty gambling habit, then you deserve whatever happens when you don't pay up. A broken knee tends to speed up a learning curve.
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    States should be able to govern themselves in all cases. The Feds shouldn't get involved at all unless a State is violating health, safety, or civil rights. Gambling is going to happen anyway, might as well tax it.
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    If someone wants to voluntarily wager their belongings or money, they're going to regardless. At least make it safe for people to do it. It's their choice how they want to spend their money. All investments are a gamble - sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose.
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    Who gave the federal government any authority to regulate gambling to start with? Just another example of the Federal government striping rights that were meant to be under purview of the states. I don't gamble but I don't pretend to have any right to tell anyone else they can't. The governments only responsibility in this is too make sure it is run on the up and up.
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    Leave it to the communities, not the Feds.
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    let the states run themseleves, less big government.
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    If done right, this vice instead of just a portion going to schools and community projects, we utilize the overall majority of it to improve statewide education initiatives such as tablets and chromecasts for schools. The betting agencies should partner with Apple or Microsoft to further progress schools to the 21st century.
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    Gambling is good for our economy!
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