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Gaming Legislature May Have Reached an Untimely End

4 November 2010 by admin

Those who are fans of gaming online were very displeased with the results o this week’s election, mainly because control of the house will go to the Republicans who are not on board with regulating online gaming in the United States.

Oh, and not only does it look like online gaming regulations will have to be pushed to the back burner for another two years, but it is predicted that with a Republican House that is so very opposed to President Obama’s legislative agenda, gridlock is now highly likely. Wonderful. I am thrilled that there is likely to be no political progress in this country because no one is really thinking about what the citizens need. Telling us what is for our own good, yes, but not actually listening to what we say we need.

Me? In the very least, I need online gambling regulated. I would like to see Americans allowed to spend their entertainment money on slots or blackjack or poker online if that is what they want to do to entertain themselves. And I am not the only one who thinks like this:

William Bass said, “It is really sad that my friends and I are going to have to continue to play online poker at sites where we are not protected by our government. At this point, I blame the Democrats and Barney Frank. They had their chance to change the laws, and they did not do it. At some point we are going to have to hold these politicians responsible for not hearing our voices.”

While I agree with Bass mostly, only a portion of the blame can be put on Frank and the Democrats. I am sure that if the online gambling regulation had had no opposition it would have been approved and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act would be on its way out. So, yes, the Republicans have to shoulder some of the blame.

But on the other hand the Democrats were riding the high of finally wrestling control of the government away from the Republicans after the Bush Administration. Perhaps they spend too much time riding the high rather than pushing through legislation, like online gaming regulation, that would be a lot harder to push through with a Republican House.

However, not all hope is lost. There is still the lame duck session. It will be the last possible chance for the Frank and the Democrats to try to release us all from the clutches of UIGEA, not to mention generating some much needed revenue from online gaming.

So now we will all be living on a prayer through the lame duck session in hopes that Frank, the bi-partisan favor and other Democrats can get online gaming regulation pushed through.

3 Responses to “Gaming Legislature May Have Reached an Untimely End”

  1. danielle jacobs says:

    what?! I almost forgot to know the results of the elections, I’m glad you’ve shared it. Me too, I want online gambling to be legalized so that many Americans can experience the excitement online casino games bring.

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  3. James says:

    UIGEA repeal never had support in the Senate anyway and although it cleared committee in the House, I’m not sure it had enough support to pass there, either. It’s a shame that UIGEA is still around, but the good news is that with the Democrats losing control of the House and now unable to enact more “progress,” more Americans should have jobs soon. More jobs equals more money. More money means having an ability to take part in hobbies that require money, such as gambling. Employing Americans and getting the government out of their way would definitely be a sign of progress.

    What the politicians need to do is realize that UIGEA places an unfair burden on the financial institutions. If you want to financial institutions to succeed (which Obama’s financial reform law makes more difficult), you need to remove burdens such as UIGEA. Forget regulation and focus on that aspect. I think both parties should be able to get behind that.