Now is a good time to let your state representatives know that a federal hijack of the i-gaming industry should be blocked. States and state lotteries stand to be the big losers in this shameless bid to channel the benefits of Internet gambling to federal coffers and Big Casino interests.
Giving a glimmer of hope to the potential revival of significant online poker operations in the United States, a House of Representatives subcommittee is set to hold a hearing next week regarding the legalization and regulation of the online gambling industry, including poker, in the U. S.
The hearing will take place in front of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, a sub-panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Tuesday of next week. This particular subcommittee focuses on interstate and foreign commerce, consumer affairs and consumer protection, all areas that covers potential online poker legislation. A member of the committee is Texas representative Joe Barton, who has proposed HR 2366 – titled the “Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011” – and considers the hearing a significant step towards enacting such regulation.
“I am pleased that Chairman (Mary) Bono-Mack is holding a hearing on the important issue of Internet gaming,” said Representative Barton to The Hill following the announcement of the hearing. “It’s a first step to showing why the current law is a lose/lose for everyone – the public, the taxpayer, the banking industry, and the people who want to play poker openly and honestly on the Internet. I look forward to an open exchange of ideas.”