Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/08/07)

articles:
Bill seeks to legalize Internet wagering (Orlando Sentinel, 05/08/07)

Congresswoman Calls for Online Gambling Study (CardPlayer, 05/07/07)

U.K. companies lobby for easing gaming rules (The Hill, 05/08/07)

Opinion: Hoppy Kercheval – Seven little words may save table games (Charleston Daily Mail, 05/08/07)

Web gaming bill a risky proposal (Kansas City Star, 05/08/07)

Poker tourneys canceled (Poker Gazette, 05/08/07)

State, local police bust up alleged poker game, drug house (Iowa City Press-Citizen, 05/08/07)

blogs:
How a Bill Really Becomes a Law, Part 3 (Pokerati, 05/08/07)

excerpts:

Bill seeks to legalize Internet wagering (Orlando Sentinel, 05/08/07)
“The bill (HR 2046) would set up a regulatory agency to license Internet gaming companies in the United States. Companies would be required to put protections in place against underage gamblers, compulsive gamblers, fraud and money laundering. “We know it is going to be an uphill battle, but we think there are a number of people out there who think this is important,” said Steven Adamske, Frank’s press secretary. “It’s about individual freedom, and the representative feels that outside of paying taxes, the government shouldn’t be telling people how to spend their money.”


Congresswoman Calls for Online Gambling Study (CardPlayer, 05/07/07)

“Berkley has called for a study like this to be made for more than a year now. Her bill is one of three that were recently introduced to counter the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that was passed in October 2006. State Representative Barney Frank recently introduced a law that would make Internet wagering legal (with many caveats) and Rep. Bob Wexler is working on a bill that would provide a carve-out to the UIGE Act for online poker.”

U.K. companies lobby for easing gaming rules (The Hill, 05/08/07)
“Two U.K.-based companies poised to profit from a loosening of online-gambling regulations in the U.S. are planning a grassroots campaign in favor of legislation to regulate the multi-billion-dollar industry. UC Group, a payment-services company with technology to verify the age and geographic location of gamblers, has teamed up with international accounting firm Baker Tilly to launch the “Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative.”

Opinion: Hoppy Kercheval – Seven little words may save table games (Charleston Daily Mail, 05/08/07)
“The question of whether the new state law allowing the four counties where the racinos are located to vote to add table games is constitutional now rests before the state Supreme Court. The high court should decide pretty quickly whether to take up the case. If the court says “yes” the arguments could well come down to the meaning of seven words: “in the manner provided by general law.”

Web gaming bill a risky proposal (Kansas City Star, 05/08/07)
“The news last week that Congress will consider repeal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has been greeted with loud cheering by poker players and others who wager online. Gamblers should be careful for what they wish.”

Poker tourneys canceled (Poker Gazette, 05/08/07)
“Cancelation of the tour leads to a loss of revenue for his company and the restaurants that host the tour, he said. “All it was doing was bringing revenue to Oldham County,” he said. “… There is no gambling, no money involved and no buy-in.” As of press time, Walling said if he hasn’t resolved the issue with La Grange city officials by the end of today (Thursday) he plans to take legal action against the city for canceling the tour without investigating it.”

State, local police bust up alleged poker game, drug house (Iowa City Press-Citizen, 05/08/07)
“Authorities have charged a 19-year-old Iowa City man with running a poker game and dealing marijuana out of his house. According to a statement from Iowa City Police, it was 9:40 p.m. Monday night when officers from agents from the Department of Criminal Investigation Gaming Unit and the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, along with officers of the Iowa City, Coralville and Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant and made the arrest at 1949 Meadow Ridge Lane in Iowa City.”

blogs:
How a Bill Really Becomes a Law, Part 3 (Pokerati, 05/08/07)
“We are second-to-last on tomorrow’s calendar. Have a look at today’s for a comparison. That means it will be really late if/when they get to us … so if you haven’t already, don’t forget to send some emails encouraging the reps not to let this opportunity to do what is right for poker Texas get away from them!”

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