Duke Testifies for Online Poker
Annie Duke testified before a U.S. House of Representatives Committee Wednesday in favor of allowing online poker in the U.S. And her star power seems to have made an impression.
The hearing was before the House Financial Services Committee about a proposed bill from Congressman Barney Frank, D-Mass. called the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act. The bill would make online poker legal in the U.S. and set up regulations overseen by the federal government.
Duke was one of several speakers at the hearing and made a strong case for online poker.
Duke in her testimony said the following:
“At its most basic level, the issue before this committee is personal freedom — the right of individual Americans to do what they want in the privacy of their homes without the intrusion of the government. From the writings of John Locke and John Stuart Mill, through their application by Jefferson and Madison, this country was among the first to embrace the idea that there should be distinct limits on the ability of the government to control or direct the private affairs of its citizens. More than any other value, America is supposed to be about freedom. Except where one’s actions directly and necessarily harm other people’s life, liberty or property, government is supposed to leave the citizenry alone in this country. In fact it was Ronald Reagan who once said ‘I believe in a government that protects us from each other… I do not believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.’”
Wow, Jefferson, Madison and Reagan, pretty impressive.
Still, the bill faced serious opposition from law enforcement representatives, casino executives and even from congressmen within the committee.
The big news, however, is that Congressman John Campbell (R-CA) will discuss adding an amendment to the bill (called a mark-up meeting) requiring the use of sophisticated technology and including a loss limit on gamblers.
We’re not entirely sure why that’s the big news, but it apparently means the bill is moving forward, not backward. Cardplayer.com has a nice write-up.
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