Proposed Federal Gambling Bill to Standardize U.S. Online Gambling Regulations
The U.S. Congress, through Congressman Peter King (R-NY) is about to pass a federal bill called ‘‘Internet Gambling Regulation, Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Act of 2013″. The bill aims to standardize online gambling regulations, operations and activities in different U.S. states and Indian tribes that opt to legalize Internet gambling within their respective jurisdiction.
The bill proposes the creation of a federal regulatory body to function under the Department of Treasury, which shall be called ‘‘Office of Internet Gambling Oversight”, headed by an executive director. The Secretary of the Treasury shall appoint the latter in accordance with the provisions contained in the proposed bill, which state the qualifications and ineligibility of an appointee.
The Congressman’s proposal likewise intends to establish a uniform definition on what constitutes as unlawful Internet gambling operations in the U.S. This mainly delves on the authorization granted by a participating U.S. state or Indian tribe by way of a license issued in accordance with the laws of such state or Indian tribal territory.
Moreover, the proposed standardization measures require the regulatory agency of a participating U.S. state or Indian tribe to meet the prescribed standard, before the federal oversight office recognizes such agency as a qualified body.
Examples of such standards include but are not limited to the following:
- The size and qualification of the agency staff to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of qualified and experienced gaming enforcement agents to carry out the regulatory laws.
- The adequacy and superiority of the resources in place, which the qualified regulatory body will employ in evaluating issues, related to Internet conditions and environment.
- The tenure of the qualified body to ensure that only those who have demonstrated responsible oversight and enforcement, as well as willingness to work with Federal authorities, shall be designated as such.