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Congress May Get Third Online Poker Hearing

The U.S. Congress House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade may hold a third hearing on internet poker regulation where the Department of Justice may be asked to give evidence.

The subcommittee Chair, Rep. Mary Bono Mack has had a letter written to her by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) asking for a third hearing, where the DoJ would be allowed to present evidence regarding the card game.

In the letter, Butterfield states that a subcommittee "....cannot obtain informed answers about the effectiveness of gambling regulation or consumer protection if we fail to invite key federal government agencies to testify as witnesses.”

The North Carolina Representative also voiced doubt that legalization could block underage gambling. In the letter he notes that a 2010 Annenburg research study found that 6% of boys 14-17 admit to gambling online.

Continuing in the letter, Butterfield writes: “If the subcommittee is to proceed with the federal legalization and regulation of Internet gambling, it must do it right. I respectfully request that our subcommittee seek formal comments from federal entities that would be involved with any legalized gambling regime."

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