In an effort to remove one powerful opposition group, RAWA 2015 takes on many forms.
Supporters toy with the idea of giving state lotteries a carveout and even a RAWA-lite version that would impose a moratorium on new online gambling laws. None of these changes work, and the legislation never gains momentum.
Things get even worse for RAWA proponents at hearings in March and December. Committee members on both side of the aisle criticize the bill for a variety of reasons, ranging from crony capitalism to 10th Amendment concerns.
At the end of the day, the hearings have the opposite effect the bill’s sponsors hoped for.