Frank's Online Gambling Hearings Delayed

Published Saturday, June 27, 2009 -

Hearings on legislation that have been introduced by the U.S. Representative Barney Frank have been given a delay in their proceedings. Frank has been seeking to overturn provisions of the unpopular prohibition on online gambling in the USA. This study in patience, has been given a pushed back date until possibly September or even later, a spokesperson for the PPA suggested. This is not good news for the Poker Players Alliance which has gathered momentum on the issue, and would have liked to have seen the show on the road.

The legislation which is affected by the delay, is H.R. 2267, Internet Gambling Regulation Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act, which is seeking the creation of a regulatory framework at the federal level in the USA for the online gambling industry. Thus far this proposed bill has attracted 35 Congressional co sponsors showing support.

A second bill H.R. 2266, the Reasonable Prudence in Regulation Act was seeking to delay implementation of the prohibition for an extra year. The recently announced delay for the hearings makes this bill possibly redundant.

A third, related bill proposed and presented by U.S. Representative James McDermott, H.R. 2268, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act, is a companion measure to Frank's H.R. 2267 proposition will also be delayed.

The ongoing economic crisis in the USA and the world has dominated the timetable and priority list for House Financial Services Committee, which Rep. Frank chairs. Originally scheduled for sometime early in July the hearings in Washington D.C. were to line up with the Poker Player Alliance massive fly in rally event. National Poker Week was just announced by the PPA at a press conference.

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