Internet Gambling Bill Clears House Committee
The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act left the House Commerce Committee intact Friday, but it could be some time before the bill, HR 3125, makes it to the House floor. The legislation includes language that would permit the pari-mutuel industry to continue business as usual in the area of account wagering. The bill has taken hits from various special interest groups that have been critical of exemptions for the pari-mutuel industry. "There's still a good deal of opposition from the Justice Department and other groups, and all of that will have to be resolved before the bill goes to the floor for a vote," said Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council. The bill could go directly to the House floor, which isn't likely, or to the Rules Committee, which would set the parameters for its consideration by the full House of Representatives. There is no timetable for action. The Senate companion to the bill passed last year.