The petition comes just as the bill will be considered this week in a hearing in front of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, a part of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. The hearing will take place on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
The petition came out of the PPA’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place this past week. The poker advocacy group has been working with conservative interests, which largely oppose RAWA because it infringes upon states’ rights.
Here is the full text of the petition, which is titled “All In For Liberty”:
We the undersigned oppose federal efforts to ban Internet poker across America. In doing so, Congress would trample on the personal liberties of adult Americans while simultaneously stripping states of their Tenth Amendment right to governance within their respective borders.
We oppose any legislation that would seek to override state laws and stifle Internet freedom by shuttering the existing online gaming markets established in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware or that would prevent the remaining states from implementing similar systems.
Therefore, we strongly oppose Representative Jason Chaffetz’s (R-Utah) legislation, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (H.R. 707), introduced in the U.S. House to ban online poker and other online betting in all 50 states. This legislation would not only trample on the rights of states and individuals, but would deny consumers meaningful protections.
I am signing this petition to ask Congress to reject this harmful legislation, to respect personal liberties, and to uphold the political powers reserved for the States as guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment.
You can sign the petition here.