Is a Comprehensive Study of Internet Gaming in the Works?

by Lou on June 14, 2006

Forty-two US politicians have endorsed Jon C. Porter’s (R-NV) initiative to establish an Internet Gambling Study Commission Act.

The Commission would be charged with conducting a comprehensive study of Internet gambling, including the existing legal framework that governs activities and transactions.

“With technology constantly evolving, we need a much better understanding of online gambling before Congress makes any rash decisions about its future,” Porter said recently. “By establishing a bipartisan, independent study commission, we’ll make sure we have all of the facts laid out on the table before considering any possible next steps.”

Porter’s efforts are gathering business and legal support, too. The American Gaming Association is lined up in support of Porter’s initiative, and the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) voted to investigate its position on Internet gaming after holding a hearing on the issue at its summer meeting in Boston. By its next meeting in January, the Council expects to take a position on the issue of online gaming.

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