Online gambling bills could go to House soon
By Paul
On January 7th this year, Rep. James Leach introduced another bill that would prohibit Internet gambling, after failing with a similar bill previously. Leach's new bill, HR 21, could go to the US House of Representatives soon. HR 21 would ban the funding of Internet gambling by virtually all payment methods now available to Internet gamblers. Credit cards, wire transfers and all other bank instruments would become illegal for transacting US-based wagers.

An inside source told Interactive Gaming News that Rep. Michael Oxley, who is the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, wants to put the Leach bill on the suspension calendar. If that happens, the bill would go directly to the House floor and would be subjected to limited debate. It would need a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

However, Rep. Barney Frank and Rep. John Conyers would likely block the move to put the bill on the suspension calendar. Both Frank and Conyers are opposed to the Leach bill. Conyers is also planning to reintroduce a bill he had offered in the last session of Congress. Conyers' bill aims to establish a commission to study Internet gambling, with a view to legalization in the US.

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