On July 26, three more congressman signed on to co-sponsor Rep. Barney Frank’s H.R. 2046 (Internet Gambling and Enforcement Regulation Act) to bring the total number of co-sponsors to thirty-four.
Reps. Joe Baca [CA-43], Lynn C. Woolsey [CA-6], and Neil Abercrombie [HI-1], have joined a growing list of congressional representatives that are in full support of regulating Internet Gambling in the United States.
The bill has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection and is currently in committee at the House Financial Services and House Energy and Commerce Committees.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), introduced HR2046 in April and held a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee in June at which time several prominent experts gave testimony both for and against online gambling.
The Act would establish a federal regulatory and enforcement framework to license companies to accept bets and wagers online from individuals in the U.S., to the extent permitted by individual states, Indian tribes and sports leagues.
The Act would also provide that safeguards are used to prevent underage gambling and to find ways to control compulsive gambling, combat fraud and money laundering.
Barney Frank has said that “The existing legislation is an inappropriate interference on the personal freedom of Americans and this interference should be undone,” referring to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) which was enacted last year.
The bill would also require software that can track where a gambler is making a wager to ensure that it is legal in that jurisdiction.
This bill is rapidly gaining support of congress as more Americans are calling and writing to their representatives and expressing that they need to support this as most Americans see the UIGEA as an infringement on their rights, and an invasion of privacy in their homes.
Casino Gambling Web (http://www.casinogamblingweb.com/) is one of the leading supporters of the bill. CGW is hosting an online petition to repeal the UIGEA and currently has more than 6,500 signatures of Americans that believe this law is an intrusion and a restriction to their personal freedoms. The website is also responsible for starting the Public Outcry Campaign which led angry Americans to call their representatives in Washington D.C. to express their dissent for the UIGEA.