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    Friday, December 9th, 2011 by Nadia

A well known figure in the Congress, Representative Barney Frank stated recently that he will not be standing for re-election in the upcoming year. A tireless propagator of civil rights, Frank was also one of the strongest supporters of online poker legislation. Over the years, he has served as an advocate for controversial issues.

Frank’s Impact on Online Poker Legislation

Barney is famous in the online poker community as the man who fought for the legal instatement of the game since it was first outlawed in 2006 by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Along with Shelley Berkley and Ron Paul, he voiced his disapproval of the act when it was first passed. He tried to have a counter law passed called the Internet Gambling Regulation Act (2007). The act would have promoted a framework for the regulation of online gaming sites. It was brought up before the Financial Services Committee of the House of which he was the chairperson. Unfortunately, the bill was never passed.

He changed tactics in 2008 when he tried to stop the implementation of the UIGEA with the Reasonable Prudence Act. When this failed, he then proposed the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act. This act focused on the regulation and licensing of online gaming companies. There were 70 co-sponsors for the bill and it was finally accepted by the Financial Services Committee. However, once again, the bill was not passed.

Frank’s Views on Online Gambling

Frank is famous for his defense of the online industry, especially of poker. He said that adults should be allowed to do whatever they wanted with the money that they earned, while in the privacy of their own homes. He felt that the government did not have the right to interfere in the lives of adults who have proven that they are responsible citizens.

According to Representative Frank, some adults will insist on spending their money foolishly and it is not under the Federal Government’s jurisdiction to prevent them from doing so legally. He said that people should have the benefit of information and consumer protection but shouldn’t be prohibited from pursuing leisure activities that cause others no harm.

Reasons for Retirement

Frank had two primary reasons for his retirement after the conclusion of his current term at office. His district will soon be subject to re-configuration. According to Barney, this would lead to some major changes. This will require him to reacquaint himself with the people he will have to represent in the Capital. He also cited that this will take up more money, work and time than he is willing to put in at this point in his life and career. He also stated that he is committed to serving the people. His second reason is that he has come to believe that it is harder to do things as a member of congress than as not one. He feels that his efforts will be more appreciated el




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