Legal Internet Gambling Bill Introduced in Senate

Legal Internet Gambling Bill Introduced in Senate

WASHINGTON — As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “The effort to roll back an Internet gambling ban has reached the Senate, with a bill by Sen. Robert Menendez that calls for licensing. The Senate is reviewing a bill that would legalize some forms of Internet gambling.

The Senate is reviewing a bill that would legalize some forms of online casino gambling. And regulating online casino poker and other “games of skill” instead of outlawing them.
Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, intends to introduce the bill today, according to the Poker Players Alliance, which lobbies against the 2006 ban.

This would be the first bill introduced in the Senate to weaken the ban, which prohibits banks and credit card companies from accepting payments for online casinos gambling.

The Senate bill’s introduction follows a 30-16 vote on Sept. 16 by the House Financial Services Committee that would require federal agencies to define unlawful online casino gambling before completing regulations to enforce the ban.

“This action by Senator Menendez is yet another example that prohibitions on Internet gambling, and specifically poker, will not work to protect consumers,” former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., who is the chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, said in a statement.

The Menendez bill is similar to legislation introduced in June 2007 in the House by Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla.

Wexler’s bill has 22 co-sponsors, including Reps. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Jon Porter, R-Nev.

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