Conflicting reports over Internet gambling measure on Capitol Hill

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the Senate majority leader, is still pushing a bill to regulate Internet gambling, contrary to some news reports.

The National Indian Gaming Association opposes the bill. The group says it will keep tribes out of Internet gambling while giving a headstart to operators in Nevada and New Jersey.

The draft that Reid has been circulating would pre-empt state and tribal laws regarding Internet gambling. It would affect a proposal being pushed by tribes in California to legalize Internet poker.

“COPA opposes the current lame-duck effort by Harry Reid because it hurts California,” California Online Poker Association spokesman Ryan Hightower told The Capitol Weekly. “Reid’s effort rewards the Nevada gaming interests that gave him hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations during the recent election."

The California Online Poker Association includes 29 tribes and some non-Indian card clubs.

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Wright drops new poker bill, Reid says his is still alive (Capitol Weekly 12/9)
ONLINE WAGERING: Reid says poker bill not dead (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 12/9)
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