Two leading family values voices are at odds with House Bill 194 and its companion bill in the Senate (S.B. 111) which legalize online sports gambling. According to Aaron Baer of Citizens for Community Values, there are powerful special interests pushing these bills.
“The casino industry knows this legislation provides their industry more avenues to exploit money from the poor by enticing the impoverished to play games that are statistically stacked against them,” says Baer.
The legislation came up for debate after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act as unconstitutional. The federal law had limited sports betting to Nevada for more than 25 years. The ruling now leaves it up to states to decide whether to allow their residents to bet on sports.