Since the federal government largely shut down the Internet poker industry in April 2011, poker players and the casino industry have been lobbying furiously for the legalization and regulation of the online game at the federal level.
“The battleground has shifted. Everyone who has been a keen policy observer recognizes that federal legislation would be preferable, but we’re not going to sit and twiddle our thumbs as Congress decides what they want to do,” Pappas said. “We gotta go where the fight is, and the fight is in the states.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.