Casino Watch Focus reported that U.S. Rep. Barney Frank’s desire to regulate online gambling was all but shut down after the midterm elections. Then, a last minute effort was made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but Casino Watch Focus reported that he was unsuccessful at his attempt to attach the pro-gambling bill to sure-to-pass legislation during the lame duck session. Now, an online source is reporting that Rep. Frank is attempting to legalize gambling again, this time teamed up with Republican John Campbell:
Congressman John Campbell (R-CA) along with Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) introduced today The Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act.
The legislation comes in response to the enactment of Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which restricted the use of the payments system for Americans who gamble online.
“The bill is identical to H.R. 2267 that was passed out of the House Financial Services Committee on July 28, 2010 with bi-partisan support.”
Time will tell if this next attempt to legalize online gambling will end in failure like its predecessors. Some bi-partisan support was not enough in the past, and with no reports of a greater level of bi-partisan support, it will interesting to see what this bill’s supporters plan to do to truly make it different than years past.