New Report Lists UIGEA as one of the Five Dumbest Bans
6 April, 2009, Peter Bowman, Staff writer
A recent editorial in the Hawiian Reporter has taken a look at some of America's stupidest prohibitions, and surprise surprise, near the top of the list came the UIGEA.
UIGEA, a piece of legislation that makes it illegal for financial institutions to facilitate payments between US residents and online gambling sites. The law has been ruled illegal by the WTO, determined to be a breach of international free trade commitments by the European Union, and now has been ranked as one of US lawmaker's dumbest pieces of legislation.
Criteria used in the report included:
On the top of the list was a the national ban on the cancer treatment Provenge. Also making the grade were laws making it illegal to buy a coffin from an unlicensed dealer, and the nationwide ban on selling horse meat.
Number 2 on the list was UIGEA. The Hawiian Reporter's take on this ban includes the following comments:
"Americans like to gamble. As of 2008, 48 states had
legal gambling in some form, and today 38 allow the operation of casinos, slot
parlors, or card rooms.6
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