Mixed News from the USPublished October 3, 2007 by OCR Editor
When gambling regulation proponent Barney Frank speaks, we listen. In his latest remarks, the Congressman talked about support he has managed to gain from other Congress members, as well as expressed his reservations.
Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank is one of the best known names around the gambling community. The democrat who has helped advance the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA), and has done a good job in keeping it as a valid alternative to the current legal status, namely a ban on online casinos, was joined by another Congressman.
Fellow Representative, William Delahunt, also from Massachusetts, signed up in support of Frank's legislation. Delahunt was, until one week ago, an opposing factor to the UIGEA bill; he has even voted against it last year when it was passed on the Capitol. Now he is even an IGREA supporter.
Support has grown, currently numbering 37 co-sponsors. But, as Frank himself has expressed, it is not enjoying as much wind in its wings as it earlier promised to hold. The sluggish momentum is a disappointment for many gamblers across the States, as well as across the world, and for Frank and co-sponsors too.
In fact, the Congressmen are not planning any dramatic moves fro the rest of the year, perhaps as they await their parties' nominations for the Presidential race. The bill, meanwhile, sits in the House Energy Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.
The good news? Frank said clearly that the bill "is not dead." said Frank. Gamblers, he said, have a role too in its development and potential success. They are asked to contact their representatives and express their interest in reversing the legal developments of the past year.