Posted: 9/29/2006 9:54:28 PM
Look guys - I hate to keep repeating this but these are facts as they stand now:
1. If this bill gets passed - it targets cc's, payment processors, banks etc.
2. The bill puts the responsibility on the cc's, banks, and payment processors to enforce it.
3. The language in the bill as it is written now states that there is a 270 day time period for these organizations to figure out a way to do this.
4. In no way shape or form does this put any responsiblity on the gambler - or make it in any way shape or form illegal to do anything different than what the gambler is currently doing.
So dont panic. Is it bad? YES. It is bad because it probably leads to more legislation down the line. But this bill is not intended to criminalize you the gambler.
There will be many workarounds. The bill is largely political to appease the Christian base.
The media will run headlines like "internet gambling bill illegal" etc - be educated - be smart - read the bill and understand it. It is LEGAL to wager online at the federal level and that is not being challenged tonight.
Stay active and stay in the fight.