During this week’s markup of Barney Frank’s bill that the U.S. should regulate online casinos, representative Michele Bachmann proposed an amendment that internet gambling sites should be required under their licensing to deny access to parents who are in the Related to child benefit. A Minnesota Republican, Bachmann said online casinos should be set up to determine who customers are deadbeat fathers and refuse deposits from them or face fines and suspensions.
Some gaming analysts found the proposal ironically similar to the problematic UIGEA that the Frank bill would question. In both cases, private sector enforcement is required, with penalties for unsuccessful success, although there is great difficulty in obtaining the information required to properly decide when the law applies.
At best, online casinos should only be obliged to refuse the patronage of deadbeat fathers from a list provided by the regulatory authority. According to Sherman Bradley, OCA gaming analyst, it is an undue burden on the industry to ask internet gaming sites to continuously monitor the maintenance status of all customers.
Bachmann said the cost to taxpayers to bear the burden that irresponsible parents failed to meet made it a public need to keep these deadbeats from playing money in online casinos. However, she couldn’t explain how online gambling differed from hotels, music concerts, cinemas, or just about every expenditure imaginable.
“Internet casinos are still picked out, even if they are welcome in mainstream life in the United States,” said Bradley. “Sure, dead fathers should pay their bills instead of spending money to keep themselves entertained, but why are online casinos the only group forced to monitor their customers?
“Congress would not think of committing the absurdity of asking every bar or cinema which guests owe child benefits or be punished,” Bradley continued. “Even if the online gaming industry is accused of not being able to properly perform age controls, Congress is confident that Internet technology can provide far better screening than is plausible in rural situations.”
Published on July 31, 2010 by PrestonLewis