Barney Frank: No Action Likely on Online Gaming Bill Now

by Lou on September 23, 2010

In a story appearing in The Hill, a publication that follows Congress, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), the author of the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act (HR 2267), said that the bill probably will not be enacted into law during the current congressional session.   If enacted, Frank’s bill would negate the impact of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and create a system for regulating and taxing online gaming in the United States.

Frank, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, told The Hill that he does not expect any action on the bill prior to congressional elections in November.

Because of the tight time frame and cramped congressional schedule, Frank said that although he would like to see a floor vote on the legislation, he was “…not optimistic,” and has no commitment from House leaders that they would move the bill before a post-election, lame-duck session.

The Hill’s piece goes on to report that Frank has talked to Senate Democrats about moving a similar bill there, but with no results to date.  There’s also talk that Frank’s bill could be appended to another bill—particularly one related to taxes or job creation—after the November elections.

HR 2268, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act authored by Jim McDermott (D-WA), and a companion bill of sorts to Frank’s HR 2267, has not been acted on in the House of Representatives.

Although HR 2267 has attracted a long list of co-sponsors, the journey from bill to law of the land can be a long and winding road, and this bill’s journey is longer than most.

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