|For the second time in a week, US House leaders have postponed voting on the Internet gambling bill that has become controversial after being attacked by Indian tribal gaming interests. Though the vote is being rescheduled for Tuesday, Capitol Hill lobbyists report being no closer to a solution satisfactory for all parties.|
The bill would outlaw the use of credit cards, checks, wire transfers and other bank instruments to pay for Internet bets
Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., of the Resources Committee, intends to offer an amendment that would allow American Indian tribes to operate Internet gambling sites on their reservations. 'The amendment would treat tribes on a par with state governments, which would be authorized to regulate Internet gambling under the bill,' said John Harte, general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Association. Frank Fahrenkopf, president of the American Gaming Association said “We believe that would give tribes an unfair advantage.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, plans to offer an amendment that would strike all exemptions from the bill, including those for the horse and dog racing industry and state lotteries. Harte said the tribes could accept the Sensenbrenner amendment, while Fahrenkopf opposed it, claiming it “would interfere with states’ rights”.