Headlines: 10th District legislator introduces bill to provide an affirmative defense to the Class C Felony created by 2006 internet gambling bill

Press Release
Jan. 23, 2007

In-home recreational internet gaming shouldn’t be a felony, says Strow

10th District legislator introduces bill to provide an affirmative defense to the Class C Felony created by 2006 internet gambling bill

Rep. Chris Strow, R-Whidbey Island, today announced his legislation, House Bill 1243, to quash the felony charge language in last year’s legislation addressing in-home internet gambling.

“My goal with this legislation is to correct an element from last year’s online gambling bill, Senate Bill 6613, that made it a Class C Felony to gamble recreationally in one’s own home if it is done online,” said Strow.


“While I do see the need for protecting our citizens from online gaming that may be scamming innocent victims, I do think that there is also a level of accountability, as an adult, to do as he or she chooses in his or her own home,” said Strow. “Most certainly choosing to gamble, or play a game of skill such as poker, should not have been made a crime equivalent to possessing child pornography or threatening the Governor.”

House Bill 1243 is currently awaiting a hearing in the House Commerce and Labor Committee.

“While I have requested a hearing on the bill, people need to call and write the Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, Representative Steve Conway, and ask him to schedule a hearing for House Bill 1243,” said Strow. Rep. Conway can be reached at (360) 786-7906 or Conway.steve@leg.wa.gov.

“There’s a certain point at which policy can be perceived as ‘nanny stateish.’ I think we reached that point with last year’s legislation and I’m aiming to make amends,” said Strow.

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10 responses to “Headlines: 10th District legislator introduces bill to provide an affirmative defense to the Class C Felony created by 2006 internet gambling bill

  1. If you want to send a message to Rep. Steve Conway but too lazy to do it, then copy this and send it to him. We need everyone’s help on this!!!

    Dear Representative Steve Conway;
    I am a casual poker player who finds disgusting in recent laws which have launched against poker. I am not writing this so that we can argue about legality of poker. I am writing this to you because I want you to give us at least fair hearing. When the UIGEA was passed through a Security Port Act in midnight, I was really upset that there was no debate between our congressmen who are supposed to protect my right!!! I can’t trust my government anymore. But I think you can provide us with a fair hearing.
    I play poker with my family, and this receational activity has given my family enjoyment. In fact, something we can spend time together is very special. And Mr. Frist try to make this a crime? I guarantee you that I will never vote for him even if he comes back from retirement and even If he lives in my neighborhood.
    Thanks for your time.

  2. I sincerely hope that something changes as this was my free time, and I am of sound mind and body and now I can not even hang out with my friends and play as I should be able to….

  3. Dear Representative Steve Conway;
    I am a casual poker player who finds disgusting in recent laws which have launched against poker. I am not writing this so that we can argue about legality of poker. I am writing this to you because I want you to give us at least fair hearing. When the UIGEA was passed through a Security Port Act in midnight, I was really upset that there was no debate between our congressmen who are supposed to protect my right!!! I can’t trust my government anymore. But I think you can provide us with a fair hearing.
    I play poker with my family, and this receational activity has given my family enjoyment. In fact, something we can spend time together is very special. And Mr. Frist try to make this a crime? I guarantee you that I will never vote for him even if he comes back from retirement and even If he lives in my neighborhood.
    Thanks for your time.

  4. Please take this bill back and get it revised. This is taking away the rights of all Americans and the freedom inside of their own home. Take the porno off and leave the gaming alone. If we choose to play bingo in our own home, that is a crime? This is so unfair and who can trust our congress, house, senate, or government ever again. This is the most unfair,outragious act ever allowed in the USA. To be attached to something as important as the port security bill, Where were our representatives when this bill was passed? Why did they not see the UIGEA attached to such an important bill. The bill should be taken back and totally changed, this is AMERICA home of the FREE???????

  5. Dear Debra;
    Thanks for using my words even though I have noticed that I made some grammatical errors. If you really want to help us, you should copy this and email it to: Conway.steve@leg.wa.gov.
    We will fight and win this.
    Good luck!!!

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  7. Heya Chris :) :)

    Thank you for your thoughts, I added a few of my own and devised the email below, I’m not a politcal person by nature, so the ‘lingo’ tends to be beyond me, I do not generally write on political topics, but did want to share my email in case it is of use to someone, and to leave a documented entry here of an email sent :)

    ~LadyH

    Dear Representative Steve Conway;

    I am a recreational poker player who finds disgusting the recent laws which have been launched against not only game itself, and one of my favorite recreational activities, but at the general intrusion into my home, what I do in my home to entertain myself.

    When the UIGEA was passed through a Security Port Act in the middle of the night, without proper press, discussion, debate or thought. I was personally really upset. If my congressmen are there to speak for me, my opinions, and my rights, I should have been given fair chance to share with those congressmen my views on legislation being introduced, and most certainly legislation being signed into law.

    I do sincerely hope that this issue see’s a fair hearing in the very near future.

    I play poker with my family and my friends, both online and in person. I play in casinos, I do not have a gambling addiction, I do not spend money I cannot afford to lose, I do not allow my children to gamble online (and I do believe that it is my job to supervise my children’s activities online, not my governments, as they were born to me, and their moral upbringing is therefor my responsibility.. However, If you’d like to chat about online Porn, I do have a few opinions!) I am a responsible sound minded person, that should have the rights given to me by America to spend my money in the persuit of happiness, how I see fit.

    Cathy Roberts

  8. Where did this information originate?

    I’ve gone to http://www.house.gov, and have not been able to find anything on HR 1243, Chris Strow or Steve Conway.

    Are they now members of the US Congress? Cause neither is listed on the site referenced.

  9. Oops, I see now this is for the State of Washington. Good for them, but this issue still needs to be addressed nationally via the US Congress.

    Please write your congressman and senators and protest UIGEA and ask for a repeal of this law.

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