Youbet.com, the online wagering company headquartered in California, plans to review statements given by Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan during the May 2 U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing at which the Democratic Congressman said the company is operating despite a cease-and-desist order from the office of the U.S. attorney general.
Horse racing interests scored a significant victory in Congress Thursday morning when the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act that was favorably reported out of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee contained exemptions for account wagering on horse racing.
With the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act expected for markup in the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning, officials with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association headed by executive vice president Greg Avioli have been actively negotiating with the Department of Justice over language in the bill relevant to horse racing.
As Congress continues to haggle over the scope and objective of the proposed Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, the racing industry again finds itself in disagreement with the Department of Justice over whether interstate simulcasts are legal under the federal law.
Congress will reconvene Nov. 14, and language tied to the protection of interstate simulcasting and account wagering remains alive.
The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act could be on the House floor soon, but then again ...
As Congress nears the end of its session, there still has been no action on the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act
A spokesman for the Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaign in Kentucky issued a statement on Friday concerning Vice President Al Gore's position on interstate off-track wagering, which has been under attack from the Clinton White House's Justice Department.
The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act (H.R. 3125) failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority vote when it was considered by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday night.
Racing apparently has lost specific exemptions in the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act after House of Representative leaders on Tuesday agreed on compromise language designed to improve the bill's chances of approval in a vote that could come on the House floor next week.
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