If you haven't heard by now, the Washington state gov't rushed thru a law transforming not only any gambling on the internet, but summarily any discussion of wagers or gambling information.
By rushed thru I mean
January 17 : the law was proposed
February 3: Senate Labor Commitee added: knowingly transmitting or receiving wagers or other gambling information
February 14: passed bi-partisan with no opposing votes in the Senate
March 2: passed bi-partisan 93-5 in the House (now looping in i-net sales of Lottery tickets)
March 28: Signed into law by the Governor.
That is 86 days to write and pass a law. Remember that the next time your unemployed worker benefits run out.
Just to put it in perspective.. here is what a class C felony is in Washington
assault on a child in the third degree
custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree
third degree rape
four DUI's in seven years
second degree assault
sex and labor trafficking
unlawful taking on endangered fish and wildlife
robbery (1 count)
animal fighting abuse.
The penalty for a class C felony is:
60 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
You can now add to that:
a 25 cent bet on PartyPoker
Granted, some might argue the penalty is more appropriate for going "all-in" before the flop with less than a pair of jacks in PartyPoker $5 + .50 tournament.
That being said...
Doesn't this smack just a little of thought crime and violation of the right to free speech?
Edit: Ironically, no one from Washington can actually comment on this post as that would be an example of discussing Gambling in the state and they would be liable for a Class C felony.