by Hillary LaClair, Senior Editor
Online casino gamblers are forced to wait another full month before it is made known whether or not Representative Shelley Berkley’s proposal to lead an independent study of online gambling fairs well in the House Judiciary Committee. HR2140, or the Internet Gambling Study Act, has gained the support of the online casino industry in its attempt to determine the true effect of internet gambling on the American public and economy.
A full roster of 12 other bills, including one that encompassed deliberations on Karl Rove’s activities, are responsible for the delay in Berkley’s bill. The American Gaming Association along with several Congressmen feel that Berkley’s proposal provides a practical means of determining the pros and cons of regulating and taxing internet casino gambling. The study would take place over a full year, giving researchers more than enough time to thoroughly examine the effect the industry has in the U.S.
Internet gaming has lead to much heated debate in Congress this year. Many politicians have not given solid reasons for their opposition to legalized online gambling. Others, ignoring the separation of Church and State, claim that their objections are a question of religious morals. Some believe that due to the addictive qualities of casino games, online gambling will have a negative impact on the American public. While Barney Frank’s efforts to legalize online casino gambling fell short of being implemented because of several Republican votes, many feel that HR2140 will be received well in the Committee. Even those in favor of land casino gamblers as opposed to internet gaming, like the American Gambling Association, have voiced their support for the bill.