The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, during a full committee meeting Thursday. The bill aims to prohibit Americans from playing and wagering at Internet gambling sites. The committee will be deciding how they want to report the bill to the full House of Representatives.
The choices the committee has for reporting are "do pass" which means to pass the bill just as it is, "do pass as amended by the committee," and "do pass substitute" which means the committee is offering a different version to take the place of the original bill. The House will make a decision based on their report and possibly advance the bill in the legislative process.
The bill, which was introduced by Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte and Democrat Representative Rick Boucher, is meeting with opposition from Las Vegas-based grassroots organization the Poker Players Alliance (PPA).
The PPA claims the legislation will turn private companies into the government's "morality police." It would require Internet service providers to remove gambling related hyperlinks and force banks to monitor purchases and transactions to ensure that people aren't gambling online.
According to a PPA press release, "The plan is an affront to civil liberties. If the committee passes the bill, your ability to enjoy poker online will be at serious risk."
The PPA is urging Americans to call the members of the Judiciary Committee and voice their opinion on the bill. More information about the PPA and how to support their efforts can be found on their website at www.pokerplayersalliance.org.
Players interested in finding out more about H.R. 4777 can read PokerListings.com's previous article at H.R. 4777 Details Released.