|As was widely predicted, H.R.556 – the “Leach Bill”, which would have effectively outlawed Internet gambling within the US – has failed to pass in the US Senate. The Senate recessed last Thursday, and will reconvene briefly in November to work on specific issues like the Homeland Security bill. At the moment, there is no plan to consider the Leach bill. |
This means that, barring unforeseen moves by Leach, who could try to attach the language into a larger bill, the whole process will have to start again, with another attempt to pass the bill through the house of representatives before going before the Senate again.
J. Daniel Walsh, Vice President of Williams Mullen Strategies, a consultancy working with Internet gaming interests, was guardedly optimistic that the online casino industry has seen off the latest threat:” Obviously, we will still
have to be on our guard -- Kyl or Leach could try to sneak the Leach bill
into something larger -- but at this point, I'd have to say that it's
unlikely that they could succeed… In short, I think we've survived the 107th Congress.”
Meanwhile, it seems that there is no great public will to ban internet gambling – a recent CNN poll asked: “Should gambling on the Internet be banned?” 76% voted No, with only 24% voting yes, out of a total of 2469 votes.