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Barton Bill

Barton Bill

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.....................................................................(Original Signature of Member)
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CONGRESS1
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ESSION
 
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To establish a program for State licensing of Internet poker, and for otherpurposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. B
 ARTON
of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on
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A BILL
 
To establish a program for State licensing of Internet poker,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 Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protec-
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tion, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011’’.
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(b) T
 ABLE OF
C
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.Sec.2.Findings.
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TITLE I—PROHIBITION ON UNLICENSED INTERNET GAMBLING AND INTERNET POKER CONSUMER PROTECTIONSec.101.Definitions.Sec.102.Prohibition on unlicensed Internet gambling.Sec.103.Department of Commerce qualification and oversight of State agen-cies.Sec.104.Licensing by qualified State agencies.Sec.105.Enforcement.Sec.106.Compulsive gaming, responsible gaming, and self-exclusion programrequirements.Sec.107.Prohibitions and restrictions.Sec.108.Safe harbor.Sec.109.Relation to subchapter IV of chapter 53 of title 31, United StatesCode.Sec.110.Cheating and other fraud.Sec.111.Inapplicability of certain provisions to interstate off-track wagers.Sec.112.Construction and relation to other law.Sec.113.Regulations.Sec.114.Annual reports.Sec.115.Effective date.TITLE II—STRENGTHENING OF UNLAWFUL INTERNETGAMBLING ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 2006Sec.201.Financial transaction providers.Sec.202.List of unlicensed Internet gambling enterprises.Sec.203.Regulations.Sec.204.Conforming amendments.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
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Congress finds the following:
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(1) Since the development of the Internet, on-
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line websites offering Internet gambling have raised
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numerous policy, consumer protection, and enforce-
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ment concerns for Federal and State governments as
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such websites are run by operators located in many 
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different countries and have sought to attract cus-
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tomers from the United States.
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(2) The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforce-
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ment Act of 2006 (title VIII of Public Law 109–
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347; 120 Stat. 1952) was intended to aid enforce-
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3ment efforts against unlawful Internet operators and
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to limit unlawful Internet gaming involving United
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States persons. However, that Act has only been
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partially successful in doing so.
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(3) There is uncertainty about the laws of the
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United States governing Internet gambling and
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Internet poker, though not about laws governing
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Internet sports betting. The Department of Justice
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has maintained that a broad range of activity is ille-
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gal, including activity that Congress intended to le-
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galize under the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978.
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Certain court decisions have used logic not con-
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sistent with aspects of the position of the Depart-
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ment of Justice. Enforcement efforts would be aided
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 by bringing greater clarity to this area.
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(4) Additional tools to assist law enforcement in
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the prevention of unlawful Internet gaming activities
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 would be important and beneficial. Maintenance of a
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list of unlicensed Internet gambling enterprises and
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the owners, operators, and key personnel of such en-
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terprises (as well as entities and related personnel
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found unsuitable) would aid those law enforcement
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efforts and would make the Unlawful Internet Gam-
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 bling Enforcement Act more effective.
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