Online Gambling Issues Polarized in USA

Published Thursday, May 07, 2009 -

Alabama state Republican Representative Spencer Bachus has come out swinging against proposed regulation of the online gambling industry in the USA. The ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee has issued a negative response which comes as no surprise as he was one of the key players in the creation of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act.

Rep. Bachus' website states, " Mr. Bachus is an author of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006, which banned the use of credit cards and other financial instruments from being used for illegal on-line gambling." The passing of the controversial bill at the very tail end of the Bush administration was pushed through the Congress without debate either in committee or on either floor of National Congress. Bachus has not commented on the fact that the UIGEA did not receive due consideration before being enacted.

Frank's bill will at least be debated in the Congress so all interested parties are given a chance to be heard from. The language of the proposed legislation is thus, "Internet gambling in the United States should be controlled by a strict Federal licensing and regulatory framework to protect underage and otherwise vulnerable individuals, to ensure the games are fair, to address the concerns of law enforcement, and to enforce any limitations on the activity established by the States and Indian tribes." With a Democratic controlled Congress as well as the current Obama Administration in the White House, it is hoped that a positive change regarding the online gambling and poker industry can be achieved.

Democrat Shelley Berkley of Nevada a gambling supporter, says the time may be ripe for the bill to progress. Richard Urey, an aide to Berkley said, "The issue is not as polarizing as it was a few years ago. We expect that many of the same people who backed passage in 2006 will oppose its repeal. But people don't appear as strident about it."

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