|In the US, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank has announced that another politician has agreed to co-sponsor his Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA), which seeks to regulate online gambling in the United States and counter the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).|
Massachusetts Representative William Delahunt signed up last week to support Frank’s legislation after previously going on the record as opposing further restrictions to online gambling. The Democrat from the State’s Tenth Congressional District voted against UIGEA when it passed through Congress one year ago attached to a late night security bill.
IGREA was introduced to the House of Representatives by Frank in April and received a large amount of publicity after hearings were conducted on the proposal four months ago. Since then, support has grown to 37 co-sponsors but momentum has been sluggish despite repeated pleas for players to contact their political representatives to express opposition to UIGEA.
Frank has recently revealed that no further action is planned this year with the Bill currently sitting in the House Energy Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.
“It's not dead,” said Frank. “It's not very active. It depends on whether or not there's support. I don't think there's support for it yet. It's growing.”