U.S. House Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) is seeing growing support for his bill, which would legalize and regulate online poker.
House Resolution 2366, or the Online Poker Act was introduced to Congress by Rep. Barton on June 24, 2011. Its summary states that it would, "establish a program for State licensing of Internet poker, and for other purposes". The bill was introduced through the Energy and Commerce Committee, a group that Barton was once chairman of.
The bill is also picking up support among House Representatives of both parties.The newest representatives to sign onto the bill are Reps. Jim Moran, Jared Polis and Rob Andrews. They join a group of other politicians who have signed onto the bill that includes: Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Rep. John Campbell (R-CA), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA). The total number of representatives who support the bill is 14.
House Resolution 2366 now finds itself in committee, which will see the issue discussed and voted on. If the bill is voted on favorably it moves onto the rest of congress, who will debate and vote on the bill. It should be said that most bills die in committee, but with a growing number of politicians supporting the bill, it is unknown just how things will advance.