Online Gambling Receives Support in House of Representatives

08/25/2011
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

 

Two bills are currently making their way through the halls of the capitol that show increasing support for online gambling by members of the U.S. government.  The two bills are HR 2334, the Comprehensive Problem Gambling Bill of 2011, and HR 2366, the “poker only” bill.

 

The Comprehensive Problem Gambling bill of 2011 is a bill being pushed by Democrat Jim Moran and cosponsored by Democrats Berkley, Cohen, Hastings, McDermott, and Ryan and Republicans Barton and Wolf.  The bill is strongly supported by the U.S. National Council on Problem Gambling.  If the bill were to be passed, it would secure federal funding to help deal with problem gambling issues via the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

 

The bill HR 2366 was introduced by Republican Joe Barton from Texas.  Its full name is the Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011, though it is commonly referred to as the “poker only” bill.  The bill has 25 cosponsors representing both sides of the aisle.  The bill’s aim is to legalize and regulate poker and only poker.  The bill is currently undergoing the scrutiny of a number of congressional subcommittees. 

 

Aside from the positive developments in government, there has also been some good press as well.  The New York Observer recently had an op-ed piece in support of the legalization of online gambling.  The crux of the article was that the legalization of online gambling in a regulated matter can provide much needed tax revenues for the state coffers at a time when money is very tight.  Furthermore, the article states that trying to combat online gambling is futile, and therefore the only sensible conclusion is to provide a legal licensed platform that can be exploited for a good cause.  

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