New Bill to Target I-gaming
By staff
After the success in New York of laws that essentially force banks and credit card companies to block any customer transactions made to online gambling websites, it looks like Illinois is set to mimic the controversial attempt to regulate illegal I-gaming.

State Rep. Elizabeth Coulson is leading the attack which is attempting to pass a bill that, as in New York, will try to prevent online gambling by stopping punters from putting any money behind their bets. On top of that any debt that a gambler accumulates on a gambling site will be legally null and void. Banks would not have to ensure the money was paid, so in turn the customer would not have to pay the bank.

If the bill is passed any bank or credit card company that knowingly permits an I-gaming transaction will be fined $1,000 per offence. Without any legal leg to stand on for unpaid debts and no means to transact wagers Coulson believes illegal casinos are going to avoid taking cards from the people of Illinois like the plague.

Currently the proposed bill is waiting for a hearing from the gaming committee. Rep. Lou Lang, chairman of the committee believes that more testimony and information about Internet gambling before any action could be taken.

Perhaps someone should tell them that since the banks of New York folded to the bullying lawmakers new legislation there’s already been several alternative methods of payment made available.

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