Bill proposes study of online gaming

Another politician is taking aim at the recent legislation that made gambling via the Internet nearly impossible in the United States.

 

Nevada congressional representative Shelley Berkley introduced a bill this week which proposes a one-year study by the National Academy of Sciences that examines the effects of online gambling. She said that only objective research into the industry and its users can clarify this divisive issue.

 

Berkley has previously spoken out against the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act, which was hustled through Congress last October and effectively sent most online casinos and sportsbooks fleeing from the American market.

 

Last week, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank introduced another bill that sought to bring gambling back to American computer screens. His Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act 2007 would allow an Internet gambling industry to exist in the U.S. market, but individuals and companies would have to secure licenses and conform to regulations set out by an executive board.

 

For her part, Berkley hopes a scientific study might work in bettors’ favor and help repeal the UGEA.

 

"It's very difficult to unring a bell once it has rung in Washington," Berkley told reporters this week. "But the ban was sneaked onto a port security bill, and the people who voted for it, including myself, were not contemplating a ban on Internet gambling."

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