Officials could see battle over Internet gambling this year
Terrorism and economic stimulus might be at the top of the congressional agenda, but two familiar topics to the gaming industry — Internet gambling and a proposed ban on college sports betting — are waiting to emerge in 2002.
Two bills aiming to ban Internet gambling in the United States — one introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the other by Rep. James Leach, R-Iowa — were introduced in Congress last year. Both bills are targeted at banning the use of credit cards, electronic transfers and checks at Internet casinos — and both could emerge in 2002, said Rep. John Gibbons, R-Nev.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Gibbons said at an afternoon session of the American Gaming Summit. “Both of them are very strong-willed individuals.”
Few observers give either bill much of a …... Read More