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    The final UIGEA regulations have been released. They'll go into effect in January, and financial institutions have been given until December of 2009 to comply with them.

    Banks given until Dec. 1, 2009 to comply with UIGEA

    12 November 2008
    By Vin Narayanan

    Breaking news: The U.S. Department of Treasury and Federal Reserve announced a joint rule Wednesday to implement and enforce the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The rule relies on financial institutions performing due diligence on corporate customers to ensure they're not processing online gambling transactions.



    American financial institutions have been given until Dec. 1, 2009 to comply with the regulations designed to block online gambling transactions, including those made through credit cards, electronic funds transfers and checks. The rule goes into effect Jan. 19, 2009.


    "For purposes of the rule, unlawful Internet gambling generally would cover the making of a bet or wager that involves use of the Internet and that is unlawful under any applicable federal or state law in the jurisdiction where the bet or wager is initiated, received, or otherwise made," the Treasury Department said in a statement.


    According to the final rule published by the Treasury Department, during the public comment period of the proposed UIGEA rule, "about 20 commenters, almost all of them depository institutions, noted that notwithstanding the Agencies' efforts to craft a reasonable rule, the proposed regulation would be unduly burdensome and would result in compliance costs greater than any offsetting societal benefits.


    "Several of these commenters stated that the rule would adversely affect the competitiveness of the U.S. payments system, and that the Agencies should be cognizant of the potential for the Act and similar laws to cumulatively cause capital flight and erode the U.S. dollar's status as the world's reserve currency."


    The Treasury Department says the comments were taken into consideration, but says it believes "that flexible, risk-based due diligence procedures at account opening, such as those set out in the final rule, present the best option for balancing these two interests."

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    Couldn't this just be repealled by a party line vote in 2 months? Sounds like it would pass or could be added to one of those bailout bills... Any impetus towards this end - or better yet - a bill to regulate and tax?

    I also worry the more illegal it becomes, the more rogue casinos that can compete in a levelled playing field...
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    Arrrrggghhhh! We take one step forward and three steps back.

    The House Financial Services passed a bill to block Treasury and the Federal Reserve from issuing the new rules and require them instead to define the term "unlawful Internet gambling."

    However, the full Congress has not approved that legislation.
    Link above. Fingers crossed.

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    Well, it looks as we have a bit over a year for appeals and possible reversal. Keep on pushing, the fight can not end here.
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    well this kindof sucks for us affiliates

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    The PPA has not given up by any means on this fight, and I would encourage everyone to join and let your voice be heard . The PPA sent out another newsletter this morning, and in it there is a way to send the President Elect a letter to let him know how you feel . You can do so at http://change.gov/page/s/contact

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