Senator Robert Menendez Introduces Bill to Regulate, License, and Tax Online Poker

by Lou on August 7, 2009

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), pictured left, introduced the Internet Poker and Games of Skill Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act. Similar to the legislation Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced in the House of Representatives—his bill, H.R. 2267, now has more than 50 cosponsors—the Senate bill provides a parallel track to speed up the process of enacting a law to establish a licensing and regulatory framework and oversight over online poker.
Key provisions of the bill include:
* Creating a registry of unlicensed online gambling operators to strengthen enforcement efforts of truly unlawful gambling;
* Mandatory implementation of technologies to protect against underage gambling and to monitor and detect individuals with excessive gaming habits;
* Dedicated funding to develop and implement prevention and treatment programs for problem gamblers;
* Mechanisms to collect the billions of dollars in tax revenue that is currently being lost
* Clarification of the Wire Act to create consistency in how online gambling activities, such as horse race betting, are treated under Federal law.

The PPA will continue its advocacy work during the August recess so that key Senators know their constituents want them to cosponsor this bill.

“Through our efforts on Capitol Hill during National Poker Week, the tides are turning and support for licensing and regulating Internet poker versus infringing on Internet freedom is growing,” said PPA Chairman and former Senator Alfonse D’Amato. “The PPA is pleased that Senator Menendez chose to introduce his bill to license and regulate Internet poker and include additional consumer protections. His continued support for protecting the Internet freedoms of poker players specifically, and Americans generally, is greatly appreciated.”

The full text of the bill can be found at http://www.theppa.org/.

{ 2 comments }

John August 7, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Does anyone know what the Senate Bill number is? I'm having trouble finding it as I'd like to ask my Senators to support this.

Low Limit August 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I like the general idea of this bill but I have a real problem with this:

"* Mandatory implementation of technologies to protect against underage gambling and to monitor and detect individuals with excessive gaming habits;"

I don't think those technologies are really feasible (the last time they tried to verify age it involved giving everyone and their grandmother your credit card number) and if they were it would be very much a big brother scenario. What is an 'excessive gaming habit'? Does it matter if the person is a winning player and happens to be grinding 8 or 10 hours a day for a living?

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