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Jon Kyl Internet Gambling Opponent Retiring from Congress
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Feb 122011

Online poker players in the United States rejoice! Senator Jon Kyl is retiring from Capitol Hill in 2012

Online poker players in the United States rejoice! Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), one of the pilots of the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), is retiring from Capitol Hill in 2012. According to the Associated Press, Kyl made the announcement on Thursday and plans to vacate his office after three terms spanning 18 years.

Kyl has been one of the most outspoken critics of pro-internet gambling legislation and was one of the major players in pushing the UIGEA into law five years ago. In a 2005 story that appeared on the CBS news program “60 Minutes,” Kyl assessed that internet gambling is “so easy to do. It’s so easy for kids to do. It’s so addictive… Our kids have access to the internet. They’re frequently not supervised and you can run up a huge debt on your folks’ credit card.”

Kyl was also linked to blocking three U.S. Treasury appointments a year go after the regulations of the UIGEA had been delayed.

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