LoBiondo Votes Against Ban on Internet Gaming
Recognizing significant advancements in Internet technology over the past six years, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today voted against H.R. 4411, the "Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act." Rather, LoBiondo is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5474) that would create a commission to study the growth of Internet gambling and if the U.S. should regulate the multi-billion dollar industry. Currently, there are 47 cosponsors to the commission study bill.
"There is no question that Internet technology has rapidly and substantively changed over the past six years, with new advancements being made every day. It is therefore imperative that our thinking about how best to regulate activities such as Internet gaming also evolve with the times," said LoBiondo, a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Congressional Gaming Caucus. "Today's bill - which is very similar to previous legislation - does not take into account the significant advancements in the technology used to protect personal financial information. Furthermore, I oppose the bill passed today for it does not take action to prevent minors from accessing gaming sites."
LoBiondo, conversely, argues the need for an extensive review of Internet gaming. Specifically, H.R. 5474 would establish a nine-person bipartisan commission that will conduct a comprehensive study of Internet gambling, including the existing legal framework that governs activities and transactions. Additionally, the impact of Internet gambling and availability of gambling to minors and addicts would be scrutinized in relation to new technologies used. LoBiondo has previously raised concerns that gaming sites were too easily accessed by minors and addicts. The Commission will submit a report on their findings and conclusions to the President and Congress within 18 months, which will include recommendations, if any, for legislative or administrative action.
"This is a complex issue that continues to change as the technology changes. I believe Congress should take a step back and thoroughly examine current and emerging technologies applied to Internet gaming sites before making any rash decisions about its future," concluded LoBiondo.