Frank Flummoxed, His Bill Blocked
June 26, 2021
The history of 2006's Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) could easily serve as a master class in Governmental abuses, waste, and absurdity. Yesterday, that history got a little longer, when Representative Barney Frank's (D-MA) proposed bill to block implementation of the UIGEA failed to clear committee and was pulled from consideration.

Frank's bill was an attempt to help the banking industry deal with the UIGEA which seems to put an undue burden on payment processors to police the internet. The UIGEA does not define what needs policing nor does it explain how the the policing should be paid for. Unfortunately, despite the inherent unworkability of the current law, it seems legislators were still unwilling to even consider modifying the law and risk being viewed as pro-gambling to organizations like "Focus On The Family," which was quoted as calling Frank's attempt to define the language of the UIGEA, a "dangerous gambling bill."

With the very early failure of this most recent bill, most now believe that the UIGEA will remain unchallenged, at least until after the Fall elections.

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