Got a repsonse back from our rep. He will NOT be getting my vote next time around.
Matthew: Thank you for your letter on poker. The state will have no say unless the federal government enacts the law first. My response would depend on what the federal law says. I am one who has opposed legalized gambling in Indiana in my years in the Indiana legislature. If it becomes a national law, Indiana may decide to be part of the regulation and taxation.
Please keep me informed if the federal proposal passes into law.
From: Matthew Traster [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org (http://email@example.com)]
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2011 11:16 AM
To: Senate District14
Subject: Email Your Legislator
Please Support My Right to Play Poker on the Internet, IN October 22, 2011The Honorable Dennis K. KruseIndiana Senate200 West Washington StreetIndianapolis, IN 46204Dear Senator Kruse:As a constituent, voter, and poker enthusiast, I am writing to ask foryour support regarding specific actions our great state will berequired to take if legislation in the U.S. Congress becomes law. Specifically, H.R. 2366, the Online Poker Act of 2011, and H.R. 1174, the InternetGambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act, allowfor collection of taxes that are currently going overseas instead of intoour state and Federal treasuries. The revenue generated will be sharedbetween the Federal government and the states.If either bill passes into law, our state will have to make a choice.EVEN THOUGH THESE ARE FEDERAL BILLS, THE DECISION TO PARTICIPATE WILL BEMADE BY EACH INDIVIDUAL STATE. We can either participate in therevenue-sharing program or opt out of the provisions of the bill. I respectfully askthat you support keeping our state in this important program.These bills provide for sensible licensing, regulation, and taxationof online poker. They mandate rigorous, verifiable and proven safeguardsagainst underage participation while providing consumer protectionsfor the millions, including many in our state, who responsibly enjoyonline poker. These bills include dedicated funding to establish and implement programs for prevention and treatment of those with excessive gaminghabits.I believe these bills will benefit our state economically, as anestimated $60 billion can be raised nationally over ten years through regulationand taxation of Internet gaming. For me, however, the primary issues areones of personal freedom and consumer protection. These bills also allowAmerican companies to participate in the world's Internet pokermarket, bringing needed jobs to our state.Solutions like these bills provide the most rational approach to controlling this industry and preserving it for adults who choose toengage in games of skill like poker. An unenforceable, unpopular prohibition provides none of these benefits. All prohibition can do isdrive players underground or overseas while limiting my personalfreedom.What's most important to me is your support for my rights. Pleaserespond to this letter and let me know if you will support keeping our statein this important revenue-sharing program. I hope that I, along with myover one million fellow Poker Players Alliance members, can count on yoursupport.Thank you for your consideration.Sincerely,Matthew
Sent to Senator Dennis Kruse