Senate Approves Online Gambling Ban

(KCPW News) Utah Senate approved a bill this morning to keep online gambling illegal in the state as the federal government moves to allow it.

House Bill 108 would opt Utah out of U.S. House Resolution 1174, which is currently under review by Congress. Republican Senator John Valentine co-sponsored the bill. He says it preserves Utah’s tradition of being a state that doesn’t allow gambling.

“Were we to recognize gambling or permit HR 1174 to come in, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act could easily be used as a method to give casino gambling for Utah.” Valentine says.

The bill was amended to exempt Internet service providers from being charged with a crime if their services were used to access online gambling. It passed on a 25 to 2 vote.