Nanny State: Nevada Politicians Preparing New Attempt at Online Gambling Study

18 March 2007

Nevada Politicians Preparing New Attempt at Online Gambling Study

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2007

Possible alliance with Barney Frank initiative mooted

The logical idea of carrying out a thorough investigation to determine whether online gambling can be effectively regulated in the United States has again achieved prominence in American media, with two respected Nevada politicians leading the charge.

Previous attempts have been made to get such an enquiry, which would have the support of the American Gaming Association, off the ground and could provide ammunition for efforts to seek the repeal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act

The two Nevada lawmakers, Reps. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Jon Porter, R-Nev., will co-sponsor the legislation, which is expected to be unveiled within weeks. Work has already started on legislation that would require the National Academy of Sciences to conduct an 18-month study of online wagering.

The Nevadans also hope to gain a powerful ally in Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass, reports the Las Vegas Gaming Wire. Frank, chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee and a longtime critic of gambling restrictions, has called last year's ban on Internet gambling financial transactions "preposterous" and one of the "stupidest" bills ever passed.


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