The anti-gambling group said that it will continue to fight any form of gambling expansion in the state.
US.- The US Supreme Court resolution that lifted the federal ban on sports betting has received support from multiple sectors in the United States. However, there are still a small number of anti-gambling groups that continue to work to stop gambling expansion in their states.
Pat Loontjer, founder of Gambling with the Good Life, an anti-gambling group from Nebraska, said that she will continue to fight any form of expanded gambling in the state. “I’m concerned about anybody who gambles or has any other addiction and brings it back to the state. I wish it wasn’t around us. I wish we weren’t surrounded, but we have been and have been able to keep the “Good Life State”. We’ve managed to set our priorities and quality rather than see the dollar signs of what it might bring in,” said Loontjer.
Nebraska is currently on a budget deficit and lawmakers could turn their eyes to sports betting in order to fill that void. Loontjer said that she will monitor the unicameral for any proposal that tries to expand gambling in the state and will be ready to treat it if it comes up.
Loontjer’s statement follows the one by US Senator. Sen. Orrin Hatch from Utah, who said that he will introduce a new bill to make sports gambling illegal nationwide. “At stake here is the very integrity of sports. That’s why I plan to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to help protect honesty and principle in the athletic arena,” said Hatch just hours after the SCOTUS decision. He was one of the original authors of PASPA, which explains his reaction over the potential legalisation of the segment on a federal level.