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The Thursday’s Congressional Hearing on RAWA postponed - USA

The continent-wide online poker regulation remains problematic at the federal level in the USA. The Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations scheduled a hearing on the issue this Thursday, March 5, to determine the amendment of the Federal Wire Act, but it was postponed to a later date. The said hearing would focus on the Restoration of America's Wire Act (RAWA) regulation, as requested by the bill named HR 717 that Rep. Jason Chaffetz recently introduced, the objective of which is to amend the Federal Wire Act of 1961. As a reminder, the RAWA aims to prohibit all forms of Internet gambling operations in the United States while the Federal Wire Act only ban the operation of certain types of gambling businesses.



The Subcommittee would hear four witnesses (three from RAWA supporters and one chosen by Democrats). The online one supporting ipoker reguation is represented by executive director of WiredSafety.org, Parry Aftab, the one who has conducted thorough study on the possible risk factors of online gambling. Parry Aftab’s intervention at the hearing is vital for the whole poker community in the United States, and more specifically those who have always battled it out for a continent-wide online poker market. Parry is actually the only one witness who will not beg legislators to pass Sheldon Adelson’s prohibition bill. In fact, casino magnate Adelson has been lobbying for internet gambling ban in the US, online poker operation included. The new schedule for the hearing’s postponment is not released yet. May we remind you that it was planed to take place in Room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC.

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