US Internet Bill post-mortem?
By darren
Following the passage of the US Internet gambling bill through the House, everyone in the industry is waiting to see what the Senate will do with it. No-one really seemed to believe the bill wouldn’t make it past the House, but many have been surprised that it took such little time.

Nonetheless this isn’t the first time such a bill has passed through the House. Only last year the Leach bill passed in the House with almost no opposition and it still got rejected by the Senate. This time round the bill has an even more controversial amendment. Besides, forcing credit companies to police their own customers transactions is simply stupid.

For a start a bank is not the police. Secondly, once started, where does this shocking abuse of liberty end? Do Americans even care about the implications this has about the future of their own personal freedom? Thirdly how exactly does it address the actual problem of Internet gambling?

Anyway, the bill needs a consensus vote if it is to pass the Senate, and that isn’t looking all that likely at this time. Furthermore the US Indian tribes have a lot of say in Congress, and they oppose this bill even more than they did the Leach bill last year. All in all it could swing either way at the moment. Especially as the current Congress has until October 2004 to make it’s mind up.

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