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TheEngineer 05-03-2007 08:36 PM

X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
Would you like to fight for your rights to play poker online? If so, please see my thread on the Legislation board at Support Online Gaming Rights Here! . Thanks.

P.S. Let's keep all the discussion in the main thread in Legislation.

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Well, what an excellent week. Barney Frank introduced HR 2046: To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for the licensing of Internet gambling facilities by the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and for other purposes . And, it picked up 11 cosponsors right off the bat!

It seems there's a lot we can be doing right now. And, we really need to do it RIGHT NOW, before these politicians make up their minds. So, let's do the following:
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1. Contact your congressman and senators by phone and by mail. Ask them to support and cosponsor HR 2046. Maybe comment on that fact that this bill protects from underage gambling and money laundering while protecting the rights of adults. Also, mention that you just want to play poker (if that's the case). Even though this wouldn't make a difference in a perfect world, non-gamblers can understand poker over online roulette. Also, this way it's easy to end the call with something like "come on...all I want to do is play a little poker".

2. Contact the majority and minority offices of the House Financial Services Committee (that's where the bill is now) and the Financial Institutions Subcommittee (one phone call AND one snail mail letter...see the next post for contact info).

3. Contact (write and call) the majority and the minority offices of the House Subcommittee on Trade. Remind them of our WTO obligations relative to our loss to Antigua in the recent online gambling case. This will act as a moral lever, as we have treaty obligations with the WTO. The Frank bill doesn't meet the requirements of the WTO, but the final resolution of the WTO case may coincide with the Frank bill being in some state of approval, making it easier to loosen up either in the Senate or in conference. Without a win, there's a risk of the U.S. complying by eliminating all online betting (even the precious f'ing horses [img]/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]).

4. Let's thank the 11 (to date) cosponsors of HR 2046. This can be via a short phone call, a handwritten letter, or a donation if you feel compelled (I'll give a little something this week). They are:

Rep. Gary Ackerman [D-NY]
Rep. Shelley Berkley [D-NV]
Rep. Michael Capuano [D-MA]
Rep. Julia Carson [D-IN]
Rep. William Clay [D-MO]
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL]
Rep. Steve Israel [D-NY]
Rep. Peter King [R-NY]
Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX]
Rep. Melvin Watt [D-NC]
Rep. Robert Wexler [D-FL]

We've focused on almost half of the 12 (counting Frank), so it looks like we've been doing the right things so far, given our size.

5. Write to your local newspaper, media outlets, television shows, websites, and any other media you can think of to promote our cause.
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Thanks everyone!

EDIT: Added PPA Auto Mailer link to the top

TheEngineer 05-10-2007 06:38 PM

Re: X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
The PPA has created a simple-to-use auto-emailer to support the Frank bill (HR 2046, IGREA). ( PPA auto-mailer ) It will take less than one minute. Barney Frank says if each congressman receives 500 letters from constituents, he'll be able to get IGREA through his committee. Thanks.

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As a constituent and voter in your district, I am writing to ask you to support and co-sponsor HR 2046 – the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007.

In 2006, my right to play poker -- a legendary game of skill that dates back centuries -- was assaulted simply because I chose to exercise that right online. Now, that right will be denied permanently unless Congress takes action. I am counting on you to help restore my rights by supporting HR 2046.

If HR 2046 passes into law, online poker will be safe, secure and regulated. The bill creates stringent licensing regulations for poker operators, so it will protect consumers and poker players alike.

The bill also has rigorous protections against illegal gambling, underage gambling, and compulsive gambling. But it doesn’t force any state to accept online gaming – it will simply allow any currently legal gaming to take place online. States and sports leagues can opt out completely if they wish.

What’s important to me is your support for restoring my rights. Please respond to this letter, and let me know if you will support and co-sponsor HR 2046. I will be watching your actions on this bill closely. I hope that I -- and thousands of other poker fans in your district -- can count on your support.

Sincerely,

TheEngineer

Big_Jim 05-10-2007 06:40 PM

Re: X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
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Mods: Can we sticky this for the month of May

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Yes, yes we can.

Thanks for the work you put into this.

The Rest,
CALL/WRITE/EMAIL NOW

ArturiusX 05-10-2007 10:34 PM

Re: X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
If this bill does no go forth, and you did not make any effort to write to your congressman/local newspaper, then you may not complain about the current situation of poker, its that simple.

gamblar 05-10-2007 11:51 PM

Re: X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
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If this bill does no go forth, and you did not make any effort to write to your congressman/local newspaper, then you may not complain about the current situation of poker, its that simple.

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So true, great post.

Bigmoney 05-11-2007 01:05 AM

Re: X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
Done.

This took about a minute guys. Get on it

jfish 05-11-2007 02:27 AM

Re: X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
ill be back in the US in a few days and ill make sure to do this as soon as i can.

Grey 05-11-2007 03:51 AM

Re: X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
I updated this page: http://www.actblue.com/page/poker

Brag: my congresswoman is a cosponsor.

http://www.crooksandliars.com/posts/...essman-wexler/

soah 05-11-2007 04:07 AM

Re: X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
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ill be back in the US in a few days and ill make sure to do this as soon as i can.

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unless you need to return home to find your name and address, your current physical location is irrelevant. Just fill out the form.

Johnes Benjamin 05-11-2007 04:12 AM

Re: X-Post: Fight for Online Gaming!! Support the Frank Bill Here
 
2 seconds, my girlfriend filled one out too.
If this passes we can go back to party and slay donks.


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