[Reid - Kyl Draft iGaming Bill Summary Leaked to Media on September 12, 2012]
Prior to the attached document which poker endemics, bloggers, and others in the US media obtained access thereto yesterday evening (09/12/2012), recently a public political spat has arisen between some of the key Congressional players who are involved in US federal iGaming and iPoker legislation.
In particular US Senator Reid, the Democratic Majority Leader from Nevada, has within the past few days suggested that the reason the draft gaming Bill wasn't advancing was a purported failure on the part of US Senator Heller, a Republican and the other Senator from the State of Nevada, to line up 15 Republican Senators to publicly support the Bill. In the meantime, Senator Heller appears to be embroiled in a hard fought and closely contested re-election fight right in Nevada against Democratic Representative Berkeley and Reid is working hard to defeat him in that difficult race. Heller replied to Reid with a letter saying that Reid's process was a mistake and that the US House of Representatives should take the lead on the gaming issues and the draft Bill, rather than in the Senate. Reid's office thereafter responded and called that statement by Heller a lie, and further said that initial of activity in the House instead of the Senate had never been the plan. Then, Arizona Senator Kyl publicly sided with his fellow Republican, and disputed Senator Reid's version of pertinent events.
Many observers in the gaming law space believe that all of this public spatting back and forth at this time is merely political theater. Some others have opined that there is more than typical politics at work here and that the partisan rift between the key protagonists is more serious and severe.
Those in the DC Beltway opine that there is little to no opportunity to move iGaming legislation or much of anything else for that matter in the US Congress prior to the National Presidential Election, because macro election politics have both the House and Senate effectively deadlocked until the election is over. Many go further and contend that once national election politics are removed from the political equation, that Senators Reid and Kyl will resume their ongoing efforts to enact an iGaming and/or iPoker Bill during the lame duck session of Congress.
The summary of the purportedly agreed Reid-Kyl draft Bill was leaked to the media but until someone with authority to speak and confirm, there is no way to know for certain at this juncture whether this summary of the Bill is indeed the official summary of Reid and Kyl. Assuming this summary is valid, and is a credible listing of the basic parameters of a US Bill, it is notable for many a provision.
Based on the summary provided to the media, it appears the current draft of a Bill based upon this summary would be vehemently opposed by many, including, lottery and Indian gaming interests. At a minimum, many gaming and poker interests believe it would require substantial revivsion in order to be enacted.
With the foregoing in mind, the attached "draft Bill summary" whatever it's authenticity or correctness on this score may or may not be is replicated in its entirety here for those interested in these US gaming law issues to review.