Various reports in Washington DC are saying that four US politicians are on the verge of introducing three separate online poker bills in an attempt to legalize online gambling in the wake of individual states doing so.
The bills are set to be introduced by Texas Republican Joe Barton, New York Representative Peter King, and Senators Harry Reid. The moves were confirmed by the various politicians' aides, who noted that works are in progress for an imminent introduction of such bills.
On the industry side of things, the American Gaming Association's Frank Fahrenkopf voiced support for the upcoming bills, saying: “That's important to do. We want to make sure that this is not Nevada-centric. It's important to find someone who sees the wisdom of going forward with the federal bill. It just makes sense that this important legislation has bipartisan support.”
Joe Porter, a gaming lobbyist and former US Representative from Illinois added: This is a national issue, not just a Nevada or a New Jersey bill, so the conventional wisdom is we need someone outside of the states of Nevada and New Jersey to help be in the lead. I say the more, the better, for this or any issue.”
It is unknown whether or not any of the pending legislation will include language that will include casino games. The various options for casino games include leaving them alone for individual states to decide, try to outright ban them, or legalize them.
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