Senator Menendez Teams With Frank To Change Online Gambling Laws
It is becoming clear that leaders in both the Senate and the House want change to online gambling laws in the US. The latest example of such comes from Senator Robert Menendez, who has proposed legislation that would legalize online poker in the country.
The move comes a couple of months after Representative Barney Frank proposed legislation that would legalize and regulate all Internet gambling. The two lawmakers are both actively pursuing the reversal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
The UIGEA was put in place back in 2006, and it has caused problems ever since its inception. Financial institutions and lawmakers alike are overwhelmed with trying to decipher what is and is not legal online gambling.
Poker has always been a game that toes the line when it comes to its legality. Many believe poker is a game of skill, where players use their skill to make various moves throughout the game. Others, however, believe the game falls more under the luck category.
"Whether poker is luck or skill should not be the issue that lawmakers are addressing," says observer Kelly Kraus, "the real issue is that online gambling, whether skill or luck, should be made legally available to people in the US."
Representative Frank believes that way of thinking, which is why he has already attempted once last year to overturn the UIGEA. That attempt was denied by a majority Republican Congress. This year, Frank and Menendez will have the majority in their respective chambers to try and change the online gambling laws.
August 7, 2009
Posted By Larry Rutherford
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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