This is the response I got from one on my senators. Notice that he did not say if he was for internet poker or not.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). I appreciate hearing from all Pennsylvanians about the issues that matter most to them.
UIGEA cuts off revenue streams to unlawful Internet gambling businesses. It prohibits the receipt of checks, credit card charges and electronic funds transfers by such businesses.
Banks, credit card issuers and other payment system participants have been enlisted to help cut off these revenue streams. Under the UIGEA, as currently written, the term “unlawful Internet gambling” is ambiguous and creates difficulties for law enforcement.
There are several bills in the House of Representatives which deal with the regulation of Internet gambling. H.R. 2266, the Reasonable Prudence in Regulation Act, would delay the deadline for compliance with UIGEA’s prohibition on funding unlawful gambling until December 2010. H.R. 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act, as well as H.R. 2268, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2009, would create a licensing and regulation system for Internet gambling activities.
These latter two bills would also tax lawful Internet gambling. Currently, there is no related bill in the Senate. Please be assured that should similar legislation come before the full Senate, I will have your views in mind.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.
If you have access to the Internet, I encourage you to visit my web site, http://casey.senate.gov. I invite you to use this online office as a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania
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