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House and Senate to Look at Online Gaming

House Hearing on Regulation, Senate to Discuss Effect on Tribes


Next week on Capitol Hill, Congress will hold two hearings to discus the topic of Internet gaming.

On Nov. 17, the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing to address the question: “What’s at Stake for Tribes?”

The very next day, a House subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold its follow-up hearing to discuss regulating the potential Internet gaming industry.

The list of witnesses has not yet been released for either hearing.

In late October, the subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a gathering of the industry’s leading experts to discuss the safety of web-based gaming, specifically poker.

Leaders on Capitol Hill also were taking a look into Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-Texas) online poker bill.

Some industry insiders think that the legalization of online poker will come through an omnibus bill. Barton has said that the debt reduction “supercommittee,” which will deliver a plan by Thanksgiving, is considering online gaming, according to Politico.

The discussions in Washington come at a time when the state of Nevada is moving along with its plan to adopt regulations for an interactive gaming system that would run online poker.

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over 10 years ago

My God Freely, don't you get tired of yourself already?


over 10 years ago

I think Freely is a secret member of Westview Baptist Church.