Bill to stop UIGEA gains supporters

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Thursday was a busy day for Barney Frank and Ron Paul's bill to stop the implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Ten representatives signed on as cosponsors to support H.R. 5767 that day.

H.R. 5767 was introduced in the House of Representatives April 10 by Frank (D-Mass.) with Paul (R-Texas) as its initial cosponsor. The bill is meant to prevent the Treasury Department and U.S. Federal Reserve from continuing work on the UIGEA.

Frank and Paul introduced the bill after a hearing conducted by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology that showed the weaknesses of and problems with the UIGEA.

At least 10 more representatives are in agreement that the UIGEA implementation needs to be stopped - the following congressmen signed onto the bill April 24:

  • Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.)
  • Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.)
  • William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.)
  • Bob Filner (D-Calif.)
  • Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)
  • Michael Honda (D-Calif.)
  • Peter King (R-N.Y.)
  • James McGovern (D-Mass.)
  • James Moran (D-Va.)
  • Robert Wexler (D-Fla.)

All 10 new supporters are also cosponsors of Frank's bill to legalize and regulate online gambling as well. H.R. 2046, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, has 48 cosponsors and is still making its way through committees in order to go to a vote on the House floor.

Rep. Robert Wexler has his own bill regarding online poker that he introduced in the House in June 2007. H.R. 2610, the Skill Game Protection Act, would provide an exemption in the UIGEA and other online gambling laws for the game of poker.

Rep. Shelley Berkley also has a bill still under consideration by the House that would initiate a study into online gambling in the United States. She introduced H.R. 2140 in May 2007 proposing a study be done by the National Academy of Sciences to determine what the United States should do about Internet gambling.

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