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Poker Law Debate -- Coming Soon to Capitol Hill

Barney Frank Introduces Bill to Protect Players’ Poker Rights

by Stephen A. Murphy |  Published: May 26, 2009

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While representing Massachusetts’ 4th District for nearly 30 years, Barney Frank has emerged as one of the most powerful and recognizable politicians in Congress. After the Democrats took majority control of the House of Representatives in 2007, he became the chairman of the Financial Services Committee, which oversees the housing and banking industries — the latter of which is particularly important in the fight for the regulation of online poker. Now, nearly three years after one law rocked the poker industry, Frank is leading the charge to repeal that legislation and explicitly legalize and regulate online poker for good. He calls being able to play poker online a “personal freedom” and an issue of “people’s liberties.” The original law, of course, was the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) — a name with which poker players are familiar. It was passed by Congress on Sept. 30, 2006, as a last-minute ...


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