Online gaming under attack in California
By staff
The anti-Internet gambling lobby gained another ally recently when California assemblyman Dario Frommer (Democrat, Los Angeles) put forward a bill that would ban Internet gaming. On February 23, California Assembly Bill 1229 was introduced by Frommer, and on April 5th 2001, the Assemblyman introduced an amendment which would make it a crime for individuals in California to participate in on-line gambling.

Should the bill become law, it would mean a $100 fine for each offence (placing a wager online) and a $1000 fine and 90 days in jail to the operators of the Internet site. Also, banks would be held accountable for their role in the facilitation of online gambling through account wagering or advanced deposit wagering.

'We have had many people get taken by Internet gaming. I heard from a husband who came to me after his wife lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to Internet gaming and killed herself,' Frommer said. AB-1229 is currently in the General Assembly government organisation committee and is expected to be heard in June.

“We're really going to have to rally consumer groups and people who are concerned with this problem, with Internet gambling and get this out,’ Frommer said.

Elsewhere in the US, Illinois has two online gambling bills pending this year, as does New York State. Oregon has one Senate and one House bill pending on the same subject.

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