New cosponsor for online gambling bill

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The Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act may not be moving through Congress very fast, but it does continue to gain support. Rep. George Miller signed on as a cosponsor to the bill on Wednesday.

Miller, a Democrat, is the ninth representative from California to sign on to Barney Frank's bill as a cosponsor. The bill seeks to set up regulations and licensing for online gambling in the United States, rather than trying to ban the industry.

Miller has been representing the 7th congressional district of California since 1975. He is considered to be a leading advocate in Congress on education, labor, the economy and the environment, and he currently serves as the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee.

According to the biography on the House of Representatives Web site, Miller's top priorities in Congress are strengthening America's economy and creating good jobs that stay in the nation, as well as protecting retirement and health benefits, furthering innovation in technology, science and education, and making college more affordable.

As the 46th sponsor of the IGREA, Miller joins:

Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) Robert Andrews (D-N.J.)
Joe Baca (D-Calif.) Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) Howard Berman (D-Calif.)
Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.)
Julia Carson (D-Ind.) William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) William Delahunt (D-Mass.) Bob Filner (D-Calif.)
Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)
Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) Michael Honda (D-Calif.) Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
Peter King (R-N.Y.) John Larson (D-Conn.) Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.)
Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) James McGovern (D-Mass.) Charlie Melancon (D-La.)
James Moran (D-Va.) Ron Paul (R-Texas) Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.)
Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas) Steven Rothman (D-N.J.) Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.)
Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) Robert Scott (D-Va.) Adam Smith (D-Wash.)
Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.)
Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) Robert Wexler (D-Fla.)
Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) Albert Wynn (D-Md.) Don Young (R-Alaska)

If you don't see your own representative on the list, there are ways to contact your congressman or congresswoman and let them know your thoughts on legalizing online gambling. The Poker Players Alliance offers several ways to contact your representative at its Web site.

Other legislation in the works dealing with online gambling includes a bill from Robert Wexler that seeks to exclude poker from the current laws because it's a game of skill. Shelley Berkley also proposed a bill that would see a survey conducted on online gambling to determine what course of action on the issue is best for the nation.

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