Internet Gambling Bill Still Awaits Committee Action
By Linda
The House Judiciary Committee failed to meet June 6th to discuss the 'Combating Illegal Gambling Reform and Modernization Act'. The measure, sponsored by Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, could be on the table for 'mark up' again the week of June 10.

'It's still on the calendar,' American Horse Council president Jay Hickey said.

The bill would prohibit Internet gambling but protect existing practices such as gambling on the horses. Rep. Chris Cannon of Utah, one of two states with no legal gambling, wants the protection for the pari-mutuel industry stripped from the bill.

Another legislative endeavor of the AHC and National Thoroughbred Racing Association is passage of a provision that would in effect open up international wagering by eliminating tax withholding on certain wagers. Greg Avioli, deputy commissioner of the NTRA, said the measure has bipartisan support but 'we're still trying to find a vehicle to attach it to.'

'We're going to try to include it in a miscellaneous tax bill in Congress sometime in June,' Avioli said. 'The problem is finding the right vehicle.'

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