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After holding a second hearing to discuss the legalization and regulation of online poker, Representative Mary Bono Mack has issued comment on the issue.
After the hearing, which was held on November 18th, Bono Mack said that the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade is not close to completing its investigation into the legalization of online poker.
The California Congresswoman said that many lawmakers have commented on the subject. “More and more members are talking to me about the issue,” said Bono Mack. She also stated that she is undecided whether or not to hold more hearings. She also stated that it is unclear as to whether or not the committee would recommend legislation that would legalize only online poker, or expand it to other forms of online gambling.
Rep. Bono Mack also revealed that the Morongo Band of Tribal Indians also submitted written testimony to the subcommittee. The tribe reportedly made clear that the tribes want to be involved in any legislation pertaining to online gambling.
One person who testified at the hearing Representative John Campbell announced his support of the legislation, along with his hopes that the bill would be passed before the 2012 election cycle.
“The regulation of gambling is important for four reasons: one, freedom of choice for Americans; two, tax revenue; three, consumer protection and four, job creation,” he observed, adding that his and other testimony had been well received in the second hearing and there was political interest and therefore momentum in Rep. Joe Barton's proposals." Campbell said.