Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/10/07)

articles:
U.S. Trade decision to clarify WTO commitments could have wide-ranging impact (Casino City Times, 05/09/07)

Special Bulletin: Berkley/Porter Internet Gambling Study Bill attracts some 60 co-sponsors (Poker Player Newspaper, 05/04/07)

Gambling expansion dominates legislative action (Florida Baptist Witness, 05/10/07)

Opinion: How many politicians does it take to change an Internet gambling bill? (OG Paper, 05/10/07)

excerpts:

U.S. Trade decision to clarify WTO commitments could have wide-ranging impact (Casino City Times, 05/09/07)

“The U.S. decision to clarify its World Trade Organization commitments to not include Internet gambling could have far-reaching effects, according to legal analysts. “It opens up a slippery slope,” said Joseph Kelly, professor of Business Law at Buffalo State. “This is one of the first times this has been done, and it’s going to require a long period of comment and other countries are going to be able to express their opinions on this.”


Special Bulletin: Berkley/Porter Internet Gambling Study Bill attracts some 60 co-sponsors (Poker Player Newspaper, 05/04/07)
“Mr. Frank has barely left the podium announcing his own Internet Gambling bill which is designed to attack the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act which was passed late last year. Ms. Berkley and Mr. Porter were among Mr. Frank’s near dozen co-sponsors last week. The Nevada duo, Berkley and Porter, are co-chairs of the Congressional Gaming Caucus. Prior to submitting their bill, they proved to be very effective in building support on both sides of the aisle for the study bill, garnering thus far some 60 co-sponsors for their proposed legislation.”

Gambling expansion dominates legislative action (Florida Baptist Witness, 05/10/07)
“The results were worse than I expected,” Bunkley told Florida Baptist Witness, reflecting on the closing of the annual legislative session. And, with significant gains for the gambling industry in the regular session, Bunkley warned that the upcoming special session next month may see a return to more gambling expansion as legislators seek revenue to deliver on their promises of property tax relief.”

Opinion: How many politicians does it take to change an Internet gambling bill? (OG Paper, 05/10/07)
“We don’t need more dialog on Internet gambling. We don’t need more Internet gambling bills. What we need is Internet gambling patrons taking this (UIGEA) bill to the Supreme Court and defeat it. The adult industry has done it, with the 1998 “Child Online Protection Act” (yes, again, very nice title by the representatives of the country, but the basic was – no nude stuff on the Internet). And, yes, the Supreme Court ruled based on the First Amendment.”

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