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Politicians are again working to make sure they contradict themselves. Lawmakers have argued for years that not enough treatment centers are available. They have used that fact to oppose Bills that would expand gambling.
Now, in Iowa, the state Senate is considering a Bill that would reduce the amount of spending on gambling treatment by the state. The Bill comes at a time when revenue from state casinos is at an all time high.
When asked why they are considering dropping the money spent almost in half, Senator Jack Hatch had this to say, “We thought it was too high”. He went on to claim that he felt treatment for problem gamblers could be done cheaper.
No plan is in place that actually supports his claim that the treatment can be done cheaper. The Senate has plans to take the money allotted for the gambling treatment, and use it for alcohol and drug treatment.
The gambling money treatment does not all come from the state. In fact, most of the money comes from taxes that casinos currently are paying. Tax money that was intended to help problem gamblers, not drug or alcohol addicts.
The proposed Bill would cut $3 million off of the current funding for gambling treatment. That would leave just over $2 million to continue to go towards the treatment.
‘Deal or No Deal’ Gambling Lawsuit Thrown Out of Court
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The Georgia Supreme Court today threw out the case of a couple who was suing the game show ‘Deal or No Deal’. The case was brought on by the game show’s ‘Lucky Case Game’.
The lawsuit, which was brought on by Michael and Michele Hardin, claimed that the game violated the state’s anti-gambling laws. The Supreme Court did not agree with the couple, and the case was thrown out.
Lawyers for NBC argued that the game was not a lottery, as the couple’s lawyer was contending, but a promotional tool. The court agreed with NBC.
The couple was trying to recover money they had spent on text messages in which they were charged 99 cents in exchange for a chance to win the game. Their lawyer claimed they were entitled to get their money back because, “gambling contracts are void”.
The ruling that came down from the court was that state law, “offers no avenue of recovery to plaintiffs”. When the lawsuit was filed, the show temporarily stopped the at home portion of their show.
It is not known whether the game will continue now that the ruling has come down in favor of NBC. Their website gives no mention of if the game will resume. Georgia was not the only state where a complaint was filed. A lawsuit has also been filed in California.