On Nov. 18, 2011, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held its second hearing on the legalization of online gaming. The subcommittee had held an initial hearing on the subject last month.
The hearing began with an opening statement from subcommittee chair Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), who noted that online gambling already exists in many forms and the question is now for Congress to decide whether online gaming across state lines is legal. Mack raised a few issues of concern in the legalization of online gaming, including consumer protection, the effect on state lotteries, and the effect it would have on Native American tribes.
Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) testified on the benefits of legalizing online gaming: “Passing legislation like ours would foster the development and growth of a new American industry, which would bring along with it thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity, the revenues of which could be taxed to assist our ailing federal budget.”
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