HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 33Federal Committee to Discuss Online Gaming

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, The United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade announced that it will hold a hearing on Tuesday, December 20, 2013 to examine the current regulatory landscape for online gaming. The Subcommittee will also review HR 2666, the Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2013, which was introduced by Congressman Joe Barton (R-Texas) in July.

Notably, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, The United States Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance held a hearing entitled, “The Expansion of Internet Gambling: Assessing Consumer Protection Concerns.”  In light of the recent enactment of intrastate online wagering schemes in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, the stated goal of the hearing was to “explore the consumer protection implications of the legalization of intrastate online gaming.”

Prepared statements from the hearing made by various United States Senators can be read by clicking here.

Two online gaming expansion bills were introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year. House Resolution 2282, introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), would legalize and regulate all forms of internet wagering, except sports betting, while HR 2666, introduced by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), seeks to legalize and regulate only online poker.  HR 2666 and HR 2282 were referred to Committee in July and June, respectively.


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