Internet gambling bill faces delays


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Jul 5, 2003
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to ban Internet gambling is facing some opposition in the U.S. Senate and will not come up for a vote before the chamber takes its August recess, an aide to the U.S. Senate majority leader said on Thursday.


Backers of the legislation had hoped to push it through the Senate quickly this month following the arrest in the United States of David Carruthers, the chief executive of BETonSPORTS, on charges of racketeering and conspiracy.

Carruthers is scheduled to appear at a hearing in U.S. district court in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday to determine if he must remain in jail until his trial.

However, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said that lawmakers were still working on the bill and would not be able to hold a floor vote before the Senate recesses for its August vacation.

The Senate bill is virtually identical to legislation overwhelmingly approved earlier in July by the U.S. House of Representatives. It would prohibit most forms of Internet gambling and make it illegal for banks and credit card companies to make payments to online gambling sites.

The Republican-backed bill has been criticized by some as an election-year appeal to the party's conservative base.

Supporters of a crackdown on Internet gambling say legislation is needed to clarify that a 1961 federal law banning sports betting also covers an array of online gambling.

:D Same old, same old. Just as I thought.

Never make it to the senate.
Eurobet is not the only one.

Grand Virtual Casinos, including Everest Poker, is returning to their previous policy of not accepting US players, and Poker Champs is closing US accounts. (Get your money out asap!!!!!)

But the law isn't likely to pass.
From Bryan's post in the "Fight H.R. Bill 4777":

Casinomeister said:
Midterm elections take place on 7 November 2006. According to the published
schedule for the 109th Congress (Congress being the House and the Senate),
summer recess will take place from August 7 to September 4 for the Senate
(31 July to 4 September for the House). The Senate and House reconvene on 5
September 2006, at which point both chambers will need to act quickly if
they intend to agree on what will be in the final version (that is, if the
Senate has already voted on the bill but made its own changes from the
version passed in the House on July 11).

Congress target adjournment date is 6 October 2006, approximately one month
before the midterm elections. If members of Congress intend to put real
pressure on the President to make an affirmative action to either sign or
veto the bill, they will, therefore, need to pass a final version in both
houses by Friday 22 September 2006 (10 business days before 6 October) or
Tuesday 26 September 2006 (10 actual days before 6 October). Otherwise,
President Bush may allow the bill to die after Congress adjourns on the
sixth without taking any action. Alternatively, the adjournment date may be
changed by House and Senate leaders. Ultimately, any veto handed down by
President Bush while Congress is in session must be overridden by a
two-thirds majority in both chambers.
It should come as no surprise to anyone why LEACH, KYL and GOODLATTE are working so hard on this bill 6.4 BILLION dollars is one hell of a lot of scratch.

Have a good one.
With regards my previous post: The content in red should read 6.4 million dollars rather 6.4 billion dollars.

Have a good one.
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Well....our politicians may seem goofy and 'out of touch' at times....but at least with this bill....they understand how ridiculous and hypocritical it is and are doing the right thing.

I am sure there is more to this than protecting the US Citizen.
Your polititians are convinced that the American citizen is not responsible enough to make their own mind up as to whether they will, or will not, use the internet as a means to wager, yet the same polititians are convinced that citizens are sufficiently responsible in the most part to make their own minds up about whether or not to have a handgun for protection.

Our UK polititians, on the other hand, will not allow the general populace anywhere near a gun (not that it stops anyone who really wants one), yet are happy for us to gamble on the internet, down the pub, in the chip shop, and up the motorways! They are further happy for much of this industry to regulate itself, only recently bringing in the Gambling Commission and tinkering with rules for "Fruit Machines" as an update for our own ancient 1961 gambling laws.

I don't think the US has started banning casino sites. It will be a very bad move for the gambling community...

This situation is frustrating, they are so focused on destroying the gambling industry, but they won't succeed. This will be just like the War on Drugs, a lot of taxes just thrown down the drain, it doesn't matter how much they spend, gambling will not dissappear.

Pocketdiggers77 said:
I'm having problems getting to and It keeps going to google. Is this my ISP or do I have a virus or something. i can get to and most of the Carribbean books but not to the first two. Just wondering if anyone else has had this issue?

This was very likely caused by a routing issue with Gibtel or one of their upstream providers.

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