Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (06/13/07)

articles:
Complete Online Gaming Legal Update Here (CardPlayer, 06/13/07)

No news on next step in Internet gambling regulation legislation (Casino City Times, 06/12/07)

Sweet Home OKs gaming ordinance (Albany Democrat-Herald, 06/13/07)

Don’t bet on casino gaming to fix property tax shortfalls (Naples Daily News, 06/12/07)

Some Thoughts on Prohibition and the UIGEA (Wil Wheaton, 06/12/07)

excerpts:
Complete Online Gaming Legal Update Here (CardPlayer, 06/13/07)
“The tide is turning since that fateful day in October of last year when President Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) into legislation after then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist snuck the bill through Congress. Frist’s scandalous efforts circumvented the American process of public dialogue and debate. The time-honored tradition of community debate was violated and citizens for and against the Act were equally offended. What has happened since the passage of the UIGEA?”


No news on next step in Internet gambling regulation legislation (Casino City Times, 06/12/07)
“Barney Frank’s press officer was tight lipped when asked about the next step in the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s attempts to regulate Internet gambling when contacted on Tuesday afternoon. Frank (D-Mass.) held a hearing Friday on the possibility of regulating the Internet gambling industry. But Steve Adamske, Frank’s press secretary, would not comment on future plans for Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act.”

Sweet Home OKs gaming ordinance (Albany Democrat-Herald, 06/13/07)
“James Ashcraft says he plans to hold his first Texas Hold ’Em tournament at his bar, Chewy’s Sports Pub and Grub, sometime at the end of the summer. First he has to get a license, but that’s no problem after the City Council Tuesday approved a social gaming ordinance that allows Texas Hold ’Em poker tournaments inside city limits.”

Don’t bet on casino gaming to fix property tax shortfalls (Naples Daily News, 06/12/07)
“Gambling as a fix for forcibly stripped-down local government budgets? It’s an idea that’s back on the table, but call it a hand that’s unlikely to win. As state legislators focus on how best to cut property taxes, among the proposals floating around Tallahassee is a bill that would allow for a “local gaming option.” The bill Rep. Julio Robaina, R-Miami, introduced Friday would let voters decide whether to allow “full gaming” in large hotels and casinos in their counties, with the understanding that nearly half the revenue from these new slot machines, baccarat and blackjack games would be used to make up for cuts to property taxes.”

Some Thoughts on Prohibition and the UIGEA (Wil Wheaton, 06/12/07)
“I believe that prohibition is stupid and intrusive, and I am sick to death of the Nanny Staters in government telling adults what they can and can’t do in the privacy of their own homes, with their own money. I felt this way long before I even had a personal stake in this sort of thing, and even though most of the Libertarians I meet are really ultra-conservative Republicans who don’t want to play taxes and want to have a lot of guns, it’s one of the areas where I take a classic Libertarian position.”

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