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  • Pennsylvania Becomes the Fourth State to Legalize Online Gambling

    November 2, 2017

    This past Monday, October 30, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill legalizing Internet gambling throughout the state. The move makes the Keystone State the fourth in the nation to allow online betting, and may end the regulatory catalepsy the rest of the states seem to have fallen into...
  • New York's Anti-Science Vape Ban Will Not Reduce Smoking Rates or Save Lives

    October 24, 2017

    Thanks to the education efforts of public health activists, today few Americans are now unaware of the dangers of smoking. As a result, cigarette use dropped sharply throughout the 1980s and 1990s. But despite taxes, limitations on where tobacco users can smoke, and other public policies aimed at making the habit more expensive and difficult to engage in, a stubborn portion of adults continues to smoke and nearly half a million of them still die each year from smoking-related illnesses.



    Thankfully, a new generation of devices promises to provide both these smokers who have trouble quitting and public health professionals with what they want: a safe and satisfying way to consume nicotine that drastically reduces the risks associated with smoking. Why, then, are states like New York...

  • The Importance of an Under-the-Radar Supreme Court Case on Sports Betting

    October 16, 2017

    New Jersey tried to repeal its own law against sports gambling, but a federal law banning sports gambling was used to stop New Jersey’s voters from deciding on their own state laws. Now the Supreme Court is set to weigh in. As I note in a new CEI paper out today, there is much at stake in this case, from the right of state voters to decide their own laws, to consumer protection from fraud, to states’ ability to meet the needs of their citizens.



    On the surface, New Jersey merely wants the ability to repeal its own state laws prohibiting sports gambling, which would make the activity legal at casinos and racetracks in the state. At its heart, however, the Court’s decision on the matter could impact every other state’s ability to set their own policies—regardless of the federal government’s wishes—on a...

  • Cook County, Illinois Voters not Fooled by Soda Tax's Empty Promises

    October 12, 2017

    Less than two months after implementing a new “soda tax,” lawmakers in Cook County, Illinois, are repealing the cent-per ounce tax. The Washington Post and others paint it a “major victory for Big Soda,” but county residents recognized the tax for what it was: a bald-faced attempt to raise revenue off the backs of Chicago’s poorest residents. What they may not have realized is that the tax was also an attempt by public health advocates to use their city as a means to convince other, less liberal municipalities to follow their path. Luckily for the rest of the country, the effort has failed.



    The Cook Country Board was split on the soda tax issue back in November, with the...

  • Cut Red Tape and Save Lives by Regulating Tobacco Alternatives Based on Risk

    October 2, 2017

    At the beginning of the year, President Trump issued an Executive Order aimed at cutting red tape. The order directs federal agencies to set up task forces to identify regulations that are overly...
  • Public Health Community, Heal Thyself

    October 2, 2017

    We owe a debt of gratitude to the public health movement. Without its research and advocacy, we would not have learned to stop the spread of diseases that once killed millions, like smallpox, measles, polio, whopping cough, and malaria. But for the last 40 years, public health...
  • Conservatives & Libertarians to GOP: Time to Evolve on Marijuana Policy

    September 14, 2017

  • U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Sports Betting Case

    June 27, 2017

    This morning, the United States Supreme Court announced it would hear New Jersey’s case on gambling and federalism. The decision seems to reflect concerns raised by CEI and others that federal encroachment on state decision making, if left to stand, presents a grave threat to some of our country’s founding principles.



    Will the Supreme Court end the madness?



    As I have detailed many times, the problem started in 1992 when Congress enacted a little-known law—that likely will be better known after today—called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). It prohibited any state that didn’t already have sports betting from authorizing the activity within its borders.



    Because only Nevada had single-game betting at the time (with Montana...

  • Why OLC is Unlikely to Criminalize Online Gambling

    June 23, 2017

    I have immense esteem for my friend Norm Singleton at the Campaign for Liberty. His lengthy Capitol Hill experience, depth of knowledge, and humor have duly earned him respect from operators across the political spectrum. Therefore, when I read his piece disagreeing with my predictions on the future of Internet gambling, I took it to heart.



    Norm wrote that he doesn’t share my “optimistic” assessment that the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), under Attorney General Jess Sessions, is unlikely to reverse OLC’s 2011 opinion. This memo, which clarified that the Wire Act of 1961 applied only to sports betting and opened the door for states to legalize Internet gambling within their borders.



    It is...

  • Rep. Dent Tries Again to Sneak Online Gambling Ban Through Congress

    June 20, 2017

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