Rep. McDermott’s New Internet Gambling Legislation Would Increase Projected Revenue to Up To $72 Billion Over Ten Years

by Lou on March 29, 2010


Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), pictured left, introduced an updated version of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2010 that would apportion 25 percent of the federal revenue, estimated by the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation at nearly $42 billion over 10 years, to provide assistance for those in foster care.

“This legislation is a win-win for federal and state leaders, providing an opportunity to regulate a currently off-shore and underground industry, protect consumers and put to good use tens of billions in otherwise lost revenue,” said Michael Waxman, spokesperson for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative. “At a time when many policy makers are faced with significant budget shortfalls, it is only common sense to choose regulation that will generate new revenues and create new jobs currently offshore as an alternative to layoffs, program cuts or imposing broad-sweeping taxes that may further depress struggling families and businesses.”

With all but six states facing anticipated budget shortfalls for the 2011 fiscal year, many states, including California, New Jersey, Florida, and Iowa are exploring options to bring regulated Internet gambling to their jurisdictions in the absence of federal movement on this issue.

Representative McDermott’s legislation is meant to serve as a companion to the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2009 (H.R. 2267), legislation introduced by Chairman Frank that would permit licensed operators to accept wagers from individuals in the U.S. In addition, Chairman Frank’s legislation would mandate a number of significant consumer protections and reinforce the rights of each State and Tribal Government to determine whether to allow online gambling activity for people accessing the Internet within their borders and to apply other restrictions on the activity as necessary. More than 65 co-sponsors have announced their support for Chairman Frank’s bill.

{ 2 comments }

Bulldog Poker March 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Thank you for giving updates like this one…updated version of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2010 that would apportion 25 percent of the federal revenue is apparently great…

5 oh Two Challenge April 12, 2010 at 7:11 am

Live in Wa,
I'm all for making more revenue,But its a worthless cause if they dont start making spending cuts.
Love the blog .Going to follow

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