GAMBLING: Anti-gambling groups outgunned in Capitol debate | PE.com - The Press-Enterprise
SACRAMENTO — Legalizing some form of Internet gambling in California depends on prominent gaming tribes, the horse-racing industry, key lawmakers and other moneyed interests being able to come to terms.
The outcome does not hinge on what people like the Rev. James Butler have to say.
Butler, executive director of the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion [CCAGE], is a leading critic of the idea of opening cyberspace to legal gambling. Compulsive gambling already ruins the lives of thousands, he and others contend, and letting people bet without ever leaving the house would make the problem worse.
But as lawmakers weigh the largest expansion of legalized gambling in state history, a once-influential coalition of gambling critics is overshadowed by competing gambling interests or otherwise missing in action.
The focus seems to be on how — not if — government should allow online gambling and derive revenue from it. (Complete Story)