At least this response from Rehberg, while not wonderful, is coherent and on subject, unlike the bullshit that Max Baucus sent me. Read on:
Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 1174, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act. It’s good to hear from you.
The Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act legalizes online gambling, and establishes administrative and licensing requirements for legal institutions. Along with the legalization of online gambling, this legislation enacts fees on licensed institutions to cover administrative costs of the bill. The legislation also sets up a new tax to be assessed on licensed internet gambling institutions.
Internet gambling is a fast growing industry, with annual revenues between $4-6 billion. Since online gambling is illegal in the United States, the vast majority of online gambling institutions are based outside of our borders. This situation makes it extremely difficult for state and federal authorities to regulate and enforce gambling laws and poses a severe problem for enforcement. This difficulty in oversight has allowed these unauthorized operations to run rampant.
H.R. 1174 was referred to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, and the Judiciary, where it awaits further action. I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind as Congress considers any legislation involving internet gambling.
Thanks again for contacting me regarding internet gambling. If you get a chance, I encourage you to visit my website at http://www.house.gov/rehberg where you can find the latest news about what’s happening in Congress. Keep in touch.
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