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[Legislation] S.1597 Internet Skill Games Regulation

[Legislation] S.1597 Internet Skill Games Regulation

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To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for the licensing by the Secretary of the Treasury of Internet
poker and other games that are predominantly of skill, to provide for consumer protections on the Internet, to enforce the tax code, and for other purposes.
To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for the licensing by the Secretary of the Treasury of Internet
poker and other games that are predominantly of skill, to provide for consumer protections on the Internet, to enforce the tax code, and for other purposes.

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JEN09A19 S.L.C.
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CONGRESS1
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To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for the licensing by the Secretary of the Treasury of Internet poker and other games thatare predominantly of skill, to provide for consumer protections on theInternet, to enforce the tax code, and for other purposes.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
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Mr. M
ENENDEZ
introduced the following bill; which was read twice andreferred to the Committee on
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A BILL
To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for thelicensing by the Secretary of the Treasury of Internetpoker and other games that are predominantly of skill,to provide for consumer protections on the Internet, toenforce the tax code, and for other purposes.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
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(a) S
HORT
T
ITLE
.—This Act may be cited as the
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‘‘Internet Poker and Games of Skill Regulation, Consumer
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Protection, and Enforcement Act of 2009’’.
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August 3, 2009 (12:42 p.m.)
 
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(b) T
 ABLE OF
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ONTENTS
.—The table of contents for
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this Act is as follows:
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Sec.1.Short title; table of contents.TITLE I—REGULATION OF INTERNET GAMES-OF-SKILLFACILITIESSec.101.Findings.Sec.102.Federal licensing requirement for operation of Internet games-of-skillfacilities.Sec.103.List of unlawful Internet gambling enterprises.Sec.104.Regulations.Sec.105.Annual report.Sec.106.Conforming amendments.Sec.107.Effective date.Sec.108.Applicability.TITLE II—INTERNET GAME-OF-SKILL TAX PROVISIONSSec.201.Amendment of 1986 code.Sec.202.Tax on Internet games of skill; licensee information reporting.Sec.203.Withholding for pari-mutuel pool winnings.Sec.204.Withholding from certain gaming winnings.Sec.205.Withholding of tax on nonresident aliens.Sec.206.Information at source; pari-mutuel wagers.Sec.207.Exemption from State and Indian tribal government taxation.Sec.208.Territorial extent of wagering tax.TITLE III—STUDY AND PREVENTION OF PROBLEM ANDPATHOLOGICAL GAMBLINGSec.301.Authorization of programs for identification, prevention, and treat-ment of problem and pathological gambling.Sec.302.Public awareness, research, and treatment.
TITLE I—REGULATION OF
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INTERNET GAMES-OF-SKILL
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FACILITIES
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SEC. 101. FINDINGS.
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Congress makes the following findings:
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(1) In the United States, gambling and gaming
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activities, equipment, and operations have tradition-
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ally been subject to various forms of Federal and
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State control, regulation, and enforcement, with
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some form of gambling being permitted in nearly 
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every State and by many Indian tribes.
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(2) The demarcation between games of chance
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and games of skill is not always clearly drawn, and
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the treatment and definition of ‘‘games of skill’’ has
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 varied from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
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(3) Millions of people in the United States
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enjoy competing with other players in poker, chess,
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 bridge, mah-jong, backgammon, and similar games
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 where the outcome turns predominantly on the skill
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of the participants. While each of these games con-
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tains an element of chance, over any substantial in-
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terval, a player’s ultimate success is determined by 
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that player’s relative level of skill.
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(4) Poker, in particular, enjoys a long tradition
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in the United States. Poker is part of the cultural
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and recreational fabric of the United States and has
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 been since the founding days of the United States.
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United States poker aficionados have included presi-
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dents, judges, and statesmen throughout the history 
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of the United States.
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(5) Since the development of the Internet, on-
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line sites offering Internet gambling and similar
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games have raised numerous policy, consumer pro-
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tection, and enforcement concerns for the Federal
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August 3, 2009 (12:42 p.m.)

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