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    Rep. Cleaver is testifying now. He was the mayor of Kansas City before joining the House. He approved Riverboat gambling there even though he personally was against it.

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    Default Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D - MO).

    Said he always has a difficult times with these debates because he's opposed to gambling, but was not elected to make morality decisions.

    MY OPINION - I think this is a common feeling in Congress.

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    Cleaver is wondering about the U.K. regulatory structure? How many are gambling on licensed sites? Has addictive behavior declined?

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    The U.K. rep says players are attracted to licensed sites. And that addictive behaviors are easier to address in a regulated environment.

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    Balko said the UIGEA has forced Internet gambling in the U.S. to less reputable sites.

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    Frank just chastised the committee for bringing disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff into the discussion.

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    Frank just said he doesn't care about where the bet is placed (geo-targeting) and calls it an irrelevant argument. He says the age restriction is important and should be pursued.

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    Frank also noted that the primary opposition to Internet gambling appears to be moral.

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    Frank:

    I have no energy left to protect people from themselves. Adults have to that themselves.

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    Franks just invoked the lottery. Says its dramatically reduced the running of numbers in the U.S. because the consumers prefer safe transactions.

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    Rep. Carson is up now....wondering why people can bet on horses over the Internet and not bet on other items?

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    The hearing has just ground to a halt as anti-gambling folks search for a answer.

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    Carson, from Indiana, says people are gambling away their money now without worrying about their responsibilities now...Internet gambling doesn't change that...and she returns to the horse racing question....and she's wondering why we're debating this as long is its adults doing this...saying we can't legislate responsibility.

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    Carson just announced her vote in favor of repealing the UIGEA. BTW -- Indiana has tons of casinos.

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    The discussion has moved on to how to use "velocity controls" ie limits to financial transactions to keep people from losing their shirts, much like ATM withdrawals have a daily limit.

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    Hearings are over. McLane39 will be posting a story shortly on today's affairs.

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    Default The hearing is over

    Frank has concluded the hearing.

    Overall, whether for or against online gambling, I think the hearing was an excellent discussion of the issue, much more so that I believed it would be.

    Key Topics -

    Regulation verus prohibition - nearly all of the members spoke on this and the point is clear, people gamble no matter what. Will regulation hurt or help this.

    U.K. standards - The U.K. witnesses were strong, pointing to their experiences in U.K. regulations and arguing that it is possible.

    The Pastor - The oppositions only key witness was uneffective. While everyone feels for his son, Barney Fran summed it up best by saying his son was of a consenting age to gamble, thus responsible for his action.

    Personal reponsibility and morality - This is the least definable of all the arguments. Most panel members agreed that personal responsibility for consenting-age adults is a must. Additionally, several committee members said that althought they oppose gambling itself (Frank included), it does not override a person's right to choose their own fates.


    Analogy - I covered mass. town politics for some time. For years, politicians opposed adding slot machines to race tracks because...gambling was immoral. That all changed once mass. because fiscally indebted. To solve the financial crisis, the members of the state congress decided to go ahead and push the slot machines, arguing that a person's right to choose outweighs any morality arguments. The reason I'm reminded of this is because when I covered this panel...each person started out saying how evil gambling is, but how their personal opinion of it mattered little in the context of what can be legal and what can't.

    I think the same thing happened here today. Some people will always imporse their personal morals on others, but most reasonable congressmen will realize that personal morality has little impact on law making...especially when there is billions of dollars of tax money at stake.

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    wow! thanks for the updates. i am stuck at the airport on the way to cap spring break, waiting for my airplane to get here. instead of being bored out of my mind, i feel like i was actually there.

    excellent reporting!
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    Yes, excellent posting. Worthwhile and interesting to see how things progressed.

    So what happens now? Does this get taken up again or how does the process work in the US?

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    Default The full story...as promised

    Here is the full story about today's hearing. it includes some analysis from legal experts and some idea of what the future might hold.

    Let us know what you think of the hearing and the talking points.

    Underage gambling concerns highlight hearing

    June 08, 2007
    by Ryan McLane


    Preventing underage gambling dominated the discussion at Friday morning's House Financial Services Committee hearing on Internet gambling.

    Key witnesses offered conflicting reports on the effectiveness of identity verification measures. Jeff Schmidt, CEO of the identity-verification firm Authis, testified that current technology is inaccurate, failing 20 to 25 percent of the time.

    Michael Colopy, Senior Vice President of Communications for another identity-verification firm named Aristotle, disagreed with Schmidt. He said that the technology is maturing, employing a multi-layered approach that is nearly 100-percent reliable.

    The conflicting testimony will do little to ease congressional fears about Internet gambling in the U.S., prompting Buffalo State Business Law Professor Joseph Kelly to say that more hard data is necessary for regulation to gain traction.

    "The only way you can resolve this is with an objective commission," Kelly said. "Once the study is in place, you can have data accepted by everyone, instead of conflicting data reports from interested parties."

    A measure that callings for a one-year independent study of the effects of online gambling in the U.S. was introduced by Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) in April.

    Friday's hearing focused on House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA).

    The bill aims to create a regulated environment for online gambling to take place legally in the U.S.

    The measure would repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), passed last October, a law that makes it illegal for financial institutions to process U.S. transactions with online gambling firms.

    Morality play

    Frank called the UIGEA "one of the stupidest laws ever passed," and has been arguing since the law's inception that the U.S. government should not pass measures that compromise personal freedoms because of moral stances.

    "I have no energy left to protect people from themselves," Frank said. "Adults have to do that themselves."

    Frank said other so-called morality regulations, such as those which restrict the purchase of alcohol, cigarettes and pornography, provide a regulatory environment that supports personal freedom, yet still protects minors.

    "I agree with Rep. (Barney) Frank that prohibitions don't work," Rep. Ron Paul (D-Texas) said at the hearing. "I'm not in favor of gambling, but responsibility is the job of the individual, the family and the church."

    UIGEA proponents argue that online gambling is a danger to society because it brings the casino into the home and tempts underage gamblers into addictive patterns and in some cases, criminal activity.

    Pastor Greg Hogan, a father of four and a witness at the hearing, told the panel the tale of his son Greg, a good college student who "fell prey to the evils of gambling." His son stole money from the family and borrowed from college friends to gamble on the Internet, racking up a debt that eventually led him to rob a bank and serve prison time.

    "The World Series of Poker (currently running in Las Vegas) is glamorous, but the life of an addicted gambler is not," Hogan said. "Instead of proudly watching my son graduate from college, I will proudly watch my son be released from prison."

    Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) was the UIGEA's strongest proponent at the hearing, arguing that the earlier a young person begins gambling, the more likely it will lead to addiction and criminal activity.

    Frank empathized with Hogan, but countered by saying that his son was of legal age to gamble. He also traded barbs with Bachus, saying that regulation is necessary to help identify underage gambler and potential gambling addictions.

    Gerald Kitchen, the CEO of Internet financial processor SecureTrading said tracking Internet transactions is impossible without regulation.

    "It takes a regulated world to ensure these financial processes can provide protected services," Kitchen said. "Under prohibition, unregistered processors will make transactions harder, if not impossible to track."

    That argument was also brought up by Radley Balko, Senior Editor of Reason Magazine. He testified that if online gambling goes unregulated, it goes underground, causing the potential for more gambling misconduct.

    Horse play

    Frank and other IGREA proponents, like Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) argue that the UIGEA is hypocritical by nature, allowing online wagers for horse racing, but disenfranchising other types of gamblers under the guise of societal protection.

    The hearing ground to virtual halt on this issue, when Rep. Julia Carson (D-IN) asked the witnesses if people in Indiana could bet on the Kentucky Derby over the Internet, why couldn't they make other sorts of wagers?

    The witnesses – and the committee – sat in stunned silence waiting for someone to answer the question – but all that came was a feeble mumble from someone on the panel that it should be legal.

    Minutes later, Carson repeated the question and once again received no answer. She then declared her support for the IGREA and said she was wrong to vote for the UIGEA.

    Busy week

    Friday's hearing marked the end of a busy week on the online gaming legislation front. Yesterday, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Taxation Enforcement Act, a companion act to Frank's IGREA that provides a way to collect taxes from licensed U.S. online gambling companies.

    "If we decide as a nation to enable gambling online, the billions of dollars flowing out of the country should remain here to help us fund schools and bridges, and a host of social programs that need more than luck to succeed," McDermott told House members Thursday.

    Wexler introduced the Skill Gaming Protection Act on Thursday as well. The measure would create UIGEA carve outs for poker, chess, bridge, backgammon, Mah jong and other games of skill.

    Legislative future of Internet gambling

    Kelly argues that the four proposed legislative pieces are solid, but that Berkley's was the most important and the mostly likely to succeed. He believes that Congress needs hard data to make this "hard choice." Berkley is calling for a study by the National Research Councils of the National Academy of Sciences, an independent research group with no ties to online gambling.

    Facts from this group would help erase the unease caused by the conflicting testimonies of internet verification experts Schmidt and Colopy, allowing Congress members to make an informed decision about regulating online gambling, Kelly said.

    "The average member of Congress just isn't going to vote for this (Frank's bill), because in the end, it boils down to uncertainty about minor exclusion etc.," Kelly said. "You need objective data before the average member of Congress will change their mind."

    The American Gaming Association is also in favor of more studies and more hearings.

    "The AGA is on the record in support of further study of this issue," the AGA said in a statement. "We believe hearings on Chairman Frank's legislation will provide a valuable opportunity for gathering the facts about the many issues surrounding Internet gambling, including the ability to prevent underage gambling and other regulatory safeguards. We look forward to monitoring the hearings."
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