Congressman Campbell: Little Hope for Adoption of HR2267

Slim chances for legalization of online gambling with the current Congress running out of time

According to Congressman John Campbell, the bill he and 69 other Representatives co-sposored to advocate the legalization of online gambling in the US, has very small chances for adoption.

Poker News Daily interviewed the Republican member of the House of Representatives at a fund raiser in Las Vegas Saturday afternoon, and on this occasion he stated: “There’s a little bit more of Congress left this year in November and December called the lame duck session. There is an outside chance of something happening for poker only passing in the lame duck session.

"But the odds are not real good on that right now. So, if we go into next year, we will have a different makeup in Congress and a different Chairman of that committee.”

On the other hand, Campbell expressed optimism about the 2011 Congress, if the HR2267 is not passed this year, despite some people’s belief that the influential House Financial Services Committee may fall into the hands of an internet gambling's arch enemy Spencer Bachus.

“I think we have a real opportunity on this next year," he said. "There will be almost a hundred new members of Congress, so it’ll be a hundred people who can have a fresh look at this.”

As an active supporter of the bill, Campbell, who is a member of Barney Frank's House Financial Services Committee in 2010, made a crucial amendment to the proposed bill, insisting that US-licensed internet gambling companies that accept wagers from U.S. residents be located in the United States; that the betting age be set at 21; the odds of a player winning the games be posted, and loss limits for gamblers be imposed. The Committee later on approved HR 2267 on a positive 41:22 vote.

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