The Fight: Kyl to Retire in 2012, Bipartisan Internet Gambling Bill in the Works?, NJ Still Waiting

This week’s developments in The Fight center around a pair of developments that won’t do much for the short-term, but could eventually lead to positive developments to legislature and regulate online poker in the US.

Rumors of a reported alliance between Representatives John Campbell (R-CA) and Barney Frank (D-MA) on co-sponsoring an Internet gambling bill later this year. Campbell will be the keynote speaker at the Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GIGSE), held in San Francisco May 17-19. Observers note that as states capitalize on intrastate gambling to help fill their coffers, the government would love to get their hands on some much needed revenue. Further details on the proposed legislation, which some believe will be similar to Frank’s HR 2267, in the coming weeks.

Arizona Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), the most vocal opponent of online gambling and one of the driving forces behind passage of the UIGEA in 2006 and the efforts to kill Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid’s proposed legislation to legalize online poker late last year, announced on Thursday will not run for re-election in 2012. Kyl becomes the fifth Senator to announce their intent not to seek another term next year. His presence as the Minority Whip in the Senate could prevent any online gambling legislation from taking place in the next two years, but his imminent departure gives many online players and gambling sites hope for an end to a prohibition to online gambling.

Meanwhile, New Jersey online gamblers have been waiting since January 10 for Governor Chris Christie to sign or veto S490 to create the first intrastate online gambling site in the US. If Christie doesn’t make a decision on the bill within 45 days, the bill automatically becomes law.

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