Rumors about April UIGEA appeal

Speculation is mounting that U.S. Rep. Barney Frank will launch a repeal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in April. Discussion was sparked this week after Frank reportedly hinted he would introduce the bill next month during an interview.

While talking to poker author Wendeen Elios in an interview for her upcoming book, Frank allegedly quoted a line from Longfellow - which includes the words, "on the 18th of April" - when the interviewer asked when the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee chair would challenge the law.

According to Elios, Frank went on to explain that during that time members of Congress will all be sitting, making it an ideal time to repeal the anti online-gambling legislation.

To work on the bill, Frank is supposedly seeking counsel from other politicians who don't support the Internet gambling ban, naming Rep. Shelley Berkley and former Senator Tom Downey from New York as allies.

The approach, he is said to have told Elios, is to argue that the October law takes away the fundamental rights of Americans.

Frank recently refused to disclose any information about when he would initiate his repeal, only saying he would release details in the coming weeks.

He has spoken out publicly against the bill, widely unpopular with the gaming industry for effectively banning Internet gambling in the U.S.

The Massachusetts congressman's suggestion in the past was to legalize and regulate online gambling in the country, to the financial gain of the government.

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