By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
The push to bring regulated online gaming to the United States has a new leader after Rep. John Campbell, a California Republican, announced last Wednesday that he plans to re-introduce a version of the bill originally drafted by Rep. Barney Frank last year.
After Republicans took control of the House last November, it became apparent that a Republican mounting the charge for regulated online gaming would be crucial, and Campbell has stepped forward to assume that role. Frank will remain attached to the legislation as the bill’s Democratic co-sponsor.
Campbell was one of seven Republicans in the House of Representatives last year to vote "yes" for Frank’s bill in committee.
“Americans clearly want to gamble on the Internet. They’re doing it now,” said Campbell. “There’s no reason that we need to make all those law abiding citizens gambling criminals.”
Campbell will be in San Francisco in May as a keynote speaker for The Global iGaming Summit and Expo (GiGSE).
While GiGSE claims to not have a political agenda, it’s clear that they’re on board with the idea of online gaming becoming regulated and legal in the United States.
In other news regarding online gaming and politics, Senator Jon Kyl announced Thursday that he’ll be stepping down in 2012 after three terms in office.
Kyl, a Republican junior senator from Arizona, was the co-author of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, which was pushed through congress as an amendment to a completely unrelated bill in 2006, and has long been an opponent of online gaming.
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