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Gaming losses ally

27 September 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- The gambling industry lost a dependable ally last week when Rep. Jerry Weller, R-Ill., announced he would not seek re-election in 2008. Weller, 50, is stepping down after seven terms amid a growing controversy regarding land dealings in Nicaragua. "It's a loss," said Frank ... (read more)

Frank: Bet bill stalled

13 September 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., on Tuesday acknowledged his bill to overturn an Internet gambling ban has stalled, but he said pressure from foreign countries could revive the legislation. Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, conducted a hearing on the bill in June but no further action is planned this year. ... (read more)

Tribes line up against tighter casino regulation

29 June 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- Tribal officials on Thursday voiced opposition to legislation that would increase federal regulation of Indian casinos. The draft bill is a response to a ruling in October by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., that said the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 does ... (read more)

ONLINE WAGERING: Web bet ban repeal supported

8 June 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- Two more bills to repeal an Internet gambling ban were introduced Thursday as a House panel prepared for a hearing today on the $13 billion online wagering industry. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., unveiled a measure to tax Internet gambling companies if they are licensed and regulated ... (read more)

Berkley offers bill on study of Web wagers

4 May 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- In another effort to roll back an Internet gambling ban, Rep. Shelley Berkley on Thursday introduced a bill calling for a one-year study of online wagering by the National Academy of Sciences. "One of the advantages of this legislation is that it doesn't take a side," she said. ... (read more)

Frank pushing for regulation of Web betting

27 April 2007
WASHINGTON, DC – (PRESS RELEASE) -- U.S. Rep. Barney Frank on Thursday introduced legislation to repeal the Internet gambling ban approved by Congress last year, but the bill faces long odds. Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said his bill would require the Department ... (read more)

Frank says online ban resistance growing

19 April 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- Although there may not be much support in Congress for Internet gambling, Rep. Barney Frank says resistance is growing against a ban passed late last year. "I think a lot of members of Congress voted for that (ban) without having given it a lot of attention," Frank said Wednesday. ... (read more)

Nevada lawmakers to push for online betting study

16 March 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- Two Nevada lawmakers, hoping to repeal a crackdown on Internet gambling, are working on legislation that would require the National Academy of Sciences to conduct an 18-month study of online wagering. Reps. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Jon Porter, R-Nev., will co-sponsor the ... (read more)

Senate panel again confirms official to oversee Indian affairs

2 February 2007
WASHINGTON, DC -- Less than five months after confirming President Bush's nominee to oversee Indian gambling and other tribal issues, a Senate panel on Thursday confirmed the same nominee -- again. The nomination of Carl Artman to be assistant Interior secretary of Indian affairs stalled on the ... (read more)

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