Barny Frank’s Anti-UIGEA Bill Reaches 50 Co-Sponsors

Barny Frank’s Anti-UIGEA Bill Reaches 50 Co-Sponsors

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Bluff Europe are pleased to report that 50 members of the US Congress have signed on as co-sponsors of the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act (H.R. 2267), legislation introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services.

The bill, proposed by Barny “I’m Not Pro-Poker; I’m Pro-Freedom” Frank, aims to combat the measures taken by the US Government against online poker as a result of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act; brought in at the pinnacle of poker’s popularity.

“Reaching this milestone illustrates that momentum is growing for a shift in U.S. policy and a rewrite of U.S. Internet gambling laws,” said Jeffrey Sandman, spokesperson for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative. “The list of supporters will continue to grow as more representatives are educated on the subject and increasingly hear from their constituents that Internet gambling regulation presents the only viable way to protect consumers, since attempts to prohibit the activity have completely failed. We also expect an increased spotlight on Internet gambling as a way to augment federal revenues and help cover the cost of necessary policy initiatives.”

Rep. Frank’s bill would establish a framework to permit licensed gambling operators to accept wagers from individuals in the U.S. and mandates a number of significant consumer protections, including safeguards against compulsive and underage gambling, money laundering, fraud and identify theft.

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