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Online Casino Gambling Bill Hits Obstacle

The gambling banning season in the US Senate has already hit some obstacles. Senator Jon Kyl’s attempts to reform US lobbying legislation with his bill fell short because of more urgent business regarding US port control. The sponsors of the Lobbying Reform Act were also obstinate that any additions that were not in co-ordinance with their bill would not be added and accepted. The main issues of the bill had to deal with keeping online casino sites illegal within US borders. Playing at online casinos is currently against the law and online casino players could be subject to legal action if found guilty of playing at these sites.

Kyl is now reportedly attempting to attach his legislation S.AMDT.2953-Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 to Senator Trent Lott’s pending bill (S.2349 – Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006). Many in the Senate would like to see online casino sites continue to be illegal within the US. Many online casino players do not understand why online gambling should be illegal in the US, when places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City exist, and other countries have legalized and regulated online casinos.

It seems that online casino sites and online gambling will continue to be a source of argument and battle within the walls of the US government. Some believe that online casino sites will eventually become legalized – that it is an inevitable situation. Others stand firmly on stopping them from every becoming a normal pastime. What the future holds for the online casino industry in the US, only time will tell.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.