Virginia representative signs on to IGREA

Rep. Robert C. Scott

Another member of Congress has stepped up to show his support for Barney Frank's bill to legalize and regulate online gambling in the United States.

On Friday, Robert C. Scott (D-Va.) signed on as a cosponsor of the bill, H.R. 2046 the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007.

Congressman Scott is serving his eighth term as a representative for Virginia and is on record as voting against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act last year when it passed through the House of Representatives.

Scott serves on the Committees for the Budget, Education and Labor, and the Judiciary. He also serves on the following subcommittees:

  • Consitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness

With his support, that brings the list of cosponsors for the bill up to 36.

The IGREA isn't the only bill in favor of online gambling that is seeing added support. Rep. Robert Wexler's bill, the Skill Game Protection Act, has also added another sponsor in recent months.

Wexler's bill seeks an exemption in the UIGEA for skill games such as poker. When he first introduced the bill it had one sponsor. reported on the 11 congressmen that later signed on in support as well. Now Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) is a cosponsor as well. He also voted against the UIGEA last year.

Engel is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee. While he serves on three subcommittees for Foreign Affairs, perhaps the most notable one in this context is the Telecommunications and Internet subcommittee under the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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