Barney Frank's Attempt To Allow & Tax Online Gambling Moves Forward (Again)
from the with-caveats dept
Back in 2006, some politicians included a bill that effectively banned online gambling as a part of a law designed to protect our ports (don’t ask what one has to do with the other). Pretty much since then, Rep. Barney Frank has been seeking to legalize online gambling (in order to tax it), and he just got a step closer to that as the House Finance Committee has passed a version of his bill. There were, not surprisingly, complaints against how this bill would “bring gambling into everyone’s homes,” but that ignores (of course) that it’s already available in homes, and the feds have long admitted that they have no idea how to enforce the original law.
Of course, this is not the first time that the House Finance Committee has approved such a bill, and in the past it went nowhere. So, there’s still a half decent chance that this really means nothing much.
Still, there are some interesting provisions in the bill, as a few amendments were added, including banning the companies who have currently been letting Americans play poker online from getting approved for a license. Yes, all of those online gambling sites who are still offering services and hoping this bill passes… may get shut out by it. Of course, they might have a pretty strong legal case that this is not legal, seeing as some courts have suggested that poker is not technically gambling. Another amendment would bar those who are behind in child support payments from visiting online gambling sites, though I don’t see how they enforce that one.