Republicans Question The UIGEA
July 31, 2021
Despite the blanket party support for the IUGEA, four Republican congressman have broken rank and gone on record with a request that the law's implementation make more sense. The four members of Congress, Judy Biggert (R-IL), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), sent an open letter to the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Treasury recently, asking that they bring "clarity" to the proposed implementation of the UIGEA. The letter suggests that without a clearer understanding of what is considered "unlawful internet gambling," the current implementation plan may put too much of a burden on the public and small businesses.

In the letter, the Congressmen outline a number of suggestions for this and other perceived problems with the current implementation plan, including bringing in an Administrative Law Judge to help discern what "internet gambling" is and conducting a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis to get some idea of the burden the UIGEA might put on US businesses.

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