April 9, 2009 (PAP Newswire) – A number of media outlets are reporting that the latest version of Barney Frank’s bill to regulate Internet gambling and poker (and hopefully overturn the UIGEA in the process) will be ushered into the U.S. Congress shortly after Easter.
20 is a date that has been reported, but that date has not been
confirmed. Frank has only stated that he plans to introduce the new
legislation after the Easter recess, and “definitely in April”.
As reported by Poker News Daily,
the new legislation from the Massachusetts Democrat will be a
stand-alone bill, and not a rider to other legislation, as some have
anticipated. The bill is designed to create a “complete licensing and
regulatory framework for the internet gambling industry,” and Frank
reportedly wants the bill itself to generate publicity for the cause
via “hearings, discussions, and votes.” (This is likely a direct
rejoinder to the fact that the UIGEA was passed as a last-minute rider
to a homeland security bill, without any time allowed for discussion or
As Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee,
Frank has a considerable amount of power in the U.S. Congress, and so
his desire to focus attention on the issue will likely see fruition.