Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Frank’s Gambling Bill Submitted

Barney Frank’s bill to legalize and regulate online gambling has been submitted as HR 2046. It has 11 co-sponsors, 9 Democrats and 2 Republicans. The full text is available here. The bill would establish a licensing and regulatory scheme for online gambling sites. It will be interesting to see how this legislation progresses.


  1. #1 Stuart Coleman
    April 30, 2007

    Do you think it has a chance of passing? I certainly hope so, and one would think so with the Dems in charge, but you just never know how things will pan out in DC.

  2. #2 Dan R.
    April 30, 2007

    This is DOA in the Senate — where Harry Reid, who is firmly in the pockets of Nevada casino interests, will kill it.

  3. #3 Ed Brayton
    April 30, 2007

    It may not pass, but it won’t be because of the Nevada casino interests. They will almost certainly support the bill, just as they opposed the UIGEA last year.

  4. #4 Robert
    April 30, 2007

    Don’t the casinos have more to gain if internet gambling is illegal? It means that in order to gamble you have to come and spend money with them. Why do you think the casino’s will support it? In principle? Because in my experience principle yields astonishingly often to profit.

  5. #5 Ed Brayton
    April 30, 2007

    No, the casinos want to open their own virtual casinos online. MGM created one years ago but couldn’t go public with it. The American Gaming Association, funded primarily by the big casino interests, is in favor of online gaming being legal.

  6. #6 tacitus
    April 30, 2007

    I’ve been trawling a couple of the right-wingnut sites, and they are very conflicted (Barney Frank is one of those “loony liberal” Democrat, after all). But the majority sentiment does seem to be grudgingly supportive of his efforts, dinging Frist for putting the Republicans on the wrong side of this issue. Certainly the arguments against legalization are pretty lame.

  7. #7 Reed A. Cartwright
    April 30, 2007

    Spin Mode: Running off-shore casinos is a way for terrorists to make money. We need to run casinos from America where the mob can make money.

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