Legalizing game in the west
Western states the comparatively low taxes historically imposed on their citizens.
Indeed, low taxes became a staunch political tradition in the west. In the time of the fiscal crisis, such as the Great Depression the recent recessions of the 1970s 1980s, very Western states observed at legalized gaming as an alternative source of income.
The depression has forced the establishment of the peer-mutual horse running in six western states: California, Oregon, South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas, Washington.
In other states he has traditionally taken firm positions against gambling, the populace often chose to pay high taxes rather than legalize gambling.
In recent years, there has been a move towards a general decriminalization of gambling in some prohibitionist states.
In 1971, for example, the Washington legislature voted to authorize authorize a number of gambling activities.
Upon receipt of the bill, however, Governor Evans vetoed it at once. In his view, the legislature had “opened the door to the professional who plays in Washington”.
Additionally, he was not convinced that true legalization was supported by people.
After three years of extensive cauc, the legislature could partially exclude the regulator’s veto legalize authorized the public card salons.
By 1974, the gambling policy had changed in Washington. Once reasonably homogeneous, the population had become more diverse.
The most initial consensus on the total prohibition of play was diluted by the arrival of the immigrants whose ancestry was neither Jacksonian nor pioneer.
California, on the other h, shows no sign of legalizing that it plays. Even though he suffers from some of the same tax problems as the Great Eastern State, he has not turned to legalized gambling as a new source of income.
Further, unlike some Eastern states, California did not have to legalize the game to combat the involvement of organized crime.
The Kefauver committee report noted that although Los Angeles San Francisco have extensive illegal gambling, the playing condition does not infiltrate heavily through the organized crime of the mafia type.
According to the United States Department of Justice Assessments, less than a third of all the far-west gambling is controlled by the Mafia racketeers.
In 1965, Montana legalized the peer-mutual betting created Montana horse racing commission, from which all participants in the race must be licensed. The state covers 1% with networks of gross receipts, while the track maintains 20%.
Since 1937, from Montana tried to authorize certain games “commercial stimulators”. For a $ 10 license fee, charitable organizations or businesses could provide cards tables for playing Rummy, Whist, Jumper, Blackjack, Hearts, Dominoes, Checkers.
Also for a $ 10 license fee, businesses were authorized to operate contests for the use of adult clients.]
As in Kansas, however, the courts later found this statute unconstitutional by the state anti-lottery measure.