Bush Administration Supports Bill to Further Criminalize Internet Gaming and Conyers Introduces Bill to Regulate It

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003
Bruce Zagaris
On October 28,2002, the Bush Administration sent a letter written by Lawrence B. Lindsey, the chair of the Council on Economic Advisors, to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), the Senate majority leader, supporting efforts to enact HR 556, the Leach-LaFalce Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The letter gave increased potential for its passage during the lame-duck session in which legislators, including those voted out of offices, returned about two weeks of business in November 2002. On November 19, 2002, U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-Mich) introduced a bill, the Internet Gambling Licensing and Regulation Commission Act,? that would establish a five-member commission to study the feasibility of making Internet gambling legal in the U.S. The key goal of the bill is to facilitate a discussion on how Internet gambling could be regulated. Conyers is a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and his opposed bills that have tried to criminalize Internet gaming.