Online Gambling Organisations Call for UIGEA Repeal
The current legislation regarding the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 is falling under increased scrutiny as ways of using regulated online gambling to relieve the pressure on the U.S. economy are being seriously considered.
The movement in favour of amending the UIGEA gathered momentum when the Chairman of the House Financial Service Committee, Barney Frank, included plans for a repeal of the legislation as part of his agenda to fix the economy over the next six months.
Frank’s sentiments have since been echoed across the gambling industry by organisations such as the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) and the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), who are scaling up their efforts to lobby for the Act to be repealed. iMEGA, an industry trade organisation, are currently challenging the constitutionality of the current UIGEA in a U.S. appeals court and have already begun looking at ways to manage a “regulated” online gambling industry.
The PPA, meanwhile, boasts thousands of members who all strongly believe in a regulated and taxed online poker industry in America. Chairman of the PPA, Alfonse D’Amato recently wrote an article in the Washington DC-based Roll Call paper that argued the case that allowing online gambling in the U.S. would create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in taxes.
“The absence of government regulation and, in fact, the quixotic efforts to ban Internet poker has left US consumers vulnerable and left billions in potential tax revenues on the virtual poker table," said D’Amato. “The online poker industry and the millions of Americans who play on the Internet have been crying out for regulation and taxation.”
Certainly, the U.S. gambling industry will be hoping that under president Obama’s tenure, change for the future of online gambling and a subsequent stimulation of America’s economy is imminent.