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    Default Frank not optimistic on online gambling bill

    Rep. Barney Frank, the face of potential online gambling legislation in the United States, said last week that it's unlikely his bill to license and legalize the practice will hit the House floor before the midterm elections in November.

    However, a Senate Democratic aide did say there's a small chance the bill might move in the lame-duck session as an attachment to a jobs bill.

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    Frank said he wants to see a floor vote on the legislation but, noting the cramped House floor schedule, indicated it would be tough to move his bill this month.

    “I’m not optimistic,” Frank told The Hill.

    Frank said he doesn’t have a commitment from House leadership officials that they would move the bill before the lame-duck session.

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    After the November elections, what are the chances the bill sees the light of day?
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    My personal opinion is that the only way it happens during the lame duck session is if Republicans win control of both the House and the Senate and if Harry Reid loses his Senate race in Nevada. If all of that happened, the Democrats might just want to stick it to the conservative right that has moral objections to the bill. And to be honest, it wouldn't be the worst idea to get a ton of young voters on your side (which is what the typical demographic of the Internet poker player) on your way out the door.

    But vinism is much more knowledgeable on this subject ... we'll see what he has to say.

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    It's stated there is a small chance it could get attached to jobs bill during the lame duck session. Wouldn't that be poetic since that's how the UIGEA came in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snooptodd View Post
    My personal opinion is that the only way it happens during the lame duck session is if Republicans win control of both the House and the Senate and if Harry Reid loses his Senate race in Nevada. If all of that happened, the Democrats might just want to stick it to the conservative right that has moral objections to the bill. And to be honest, it wouldn't be the worst idea to get a ton of young voters on your side (which is what the typical demographic of the Internet poker player) on your way out the door.

    But vinism is much more knowledgeable on this subject ... we'll see what he has to say.
    I think snooptodd has nailed it. If the Dems lose control of both house and Harry Reid loses his Senate seat, he might deliver an online poker bill as a going away present to the American Gaming Association (AGA) that has backed him for so long.

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