No Surprise

12 May 1999
This morning, the subcommittee Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) chairs in the Judiciary Committee adopted a new version of the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act (IGPA) and then reported it out of the subcommittee for consideration by the full Senate Judiciary Committee.

It is not clear when the full committee will have time to take up this legislation. First and foremost, the Senate has a number of procedural issues to work through yet. For example, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) -- a sponsor of the IGPA -- dropped a bomb on Kyl when she called for greater insulation from criminal and civil sanctions for ISPs than what the current bill calls for. Given her high technology base, she wants to provide as much leeway for ISPs as possible.

Senator Feinstein also wants a 30-day grace period for ISPs if they have to take action. That is significantly longer than the current bill which says action by ISPs should be taken "in a reasonable period of time."

Interactive Gaming News is gathering information on the new version of the bill and will present it when the analysis of the bill is completed. Stay tuned.