A new bill that will essentially be going after online sports betting is being supported by the Remote Gambling Association, or RGA. The bill looks as though it might be making online sports betting illegal as it is seeking to clarify what the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or UIGEA, is actually targeting.
The RGA is a large European group that works basically for online gambling sites in the UK and Europe, and they say that the bill will open doors that were once closed. HR 6663 otherwise known as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Clarification and Implementation Act of 2008 will be clarifying what is legal and what is illegal under the UIGEA.
However, many are upset with the RGA’s support of the bill. They say that the idea that this would make online poker somehow legal is skewed at best. The Poker Player’s Alliance shunned the bill saying that they don’t even understand why it is being introduced or what it is for.
The PPA says that the bad part of the bill is that it asserts that online poker is illegal and that they need special protection from prosecution. They allege that this is only making the matter of the UIGEA even more confusing that it was before. They say that the European firms don’t understand how online gambling and the political process in the US work and that they should basically keep their nose out of it.
The American Gaming Association continues to lobby Congress in hopes of getting free pokies legalized and regulated. The AGA is assuredly planning on keeping with this goal until a positive end is met, and is willing to spend the money necessary to get the job done.
The AGA has many top land casinos on their list, and if online gambling is regulated, can expect many more online casinos to follow suit. In addition to lobbying for online gambling, they also cover tax legislation pertaining to casino gambling and patrons, as well as Hurricane Katrina tax bills and employee tip tax compliance.
In the second quarter of the year, they spent $400,000 on lobbying, and it is expected that they will spend more in the third quarter. They know that in order to have your voice heard in Washington, you have to have money.
During the April, May and June period, the group lobbied Congress, the Department of the Interior, the Internal Revenue Service, the Treasury Department and the White House. These are regular places for the group as they try to get their message across.
The AGA also met with the federal government in regards to bills that would create a not-for-profit corporation to promote travel to the United States. They count some of the big names behind them like MGM Mirage and Wynn Resorts, and there is very little that they don’t get accomplished that they put their mind to.