Congress making new attempts at federal online gambling legislation

03/10/2013 | Reuters

With more states working to legalize Internet gambling, Congress is once again trying to come up with a federal framework. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who had introduced an online poker bill in 2011, said he intends to present a bill this spring. Meanwhile, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., say they plan to reintroduce a federal Internet gambling bill. "Senator Heller believes federal legislation for online poker is crucial, and will continue to work with Senator Reid and like-minded colleagues to get a bill passed," said Chandler Smith, communications director for Heller.

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