McDermott Bill to Get Full Committee Hearing Today

by , May 19, 2010 | 5:46 am

Just a quick note that the House Ways and Means Committee has a hearing this morning at 9:30am ET today regarding legislation from Jim McDermott (D-WA) HR 4976.

The hearing is on “TAX PROPOSALS RELATED TO LEGISLATION TO LEGALIZE INTERNET GAMBLING”.

Watch the hearing here.

The witness list and other details can be found here.


14 Comments to “McDermott Bill to Get Full Committee Hearing Today”


  1. DanM
    says:

    Should be good to watch. The fact that they are having this meeting on a wednesday morning … and then actually moved it up … suggest they are being good and serious about this bill. my pre-game guess says that it will move to the next stage with little problem … though I’m not sure if this is the “mark=up” or this will be the hearing that sends it to be worked on for mark-up.

    Either way, since this bill sets up the tax and regulatory system, it seems an essential part for whatever bill eventually does move forward post-June 1. You’ll notice Barney Frank’s bill — the “companion” legislation — is seemingly going nowhere.


  2. DanM
    says:

    never mind. i think my Frank insinuation could be totally wrong … especially as he will be there as part of the hearing. I’ll just be quiet now and watch what really happens.


  3. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    It looks like it got moved up because Barney has a markup at 10am today.


  4. DanM
    says:

    Grrr. I’m having trouble watching the vid on Mac. (anyone else mac’d out not having probs … so i know whether or not it’s just me?)


  5. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Go to http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html and get the VLC player.


  6. DanM
    says:

    thanks, but still not working. i can tell it wants to work, but i just don’t know what to tell it to do. suppose i will be missing this one … so no live-blogging it for me. (it’s about to be over, right?)


  7. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Goodlatte’s now taking questions and getting grilled by Charlie Rangel about bingo in the church.


  8. DanM
    says:

    ahh, i found it working here:

    http://makepokerlegal.com/radio


  9. DanM
    says:

    i am loving this hearing. so much good stuff being said. they are preaching the poker line … except for the part that they keep referring to “illegal” offshore gambling. PPA and friends I know would prefer that not be used.

    we are gonna get this through, i can tell … but they will need another bill (or petition that works) that distinguishes poker from the illegal stuff.


  10. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Had to leave for a few, how has the hearing been going?


  11. DanM
    says:

    you mean you haven’t been following my twitter coverage? egad!

    it’s going great … Scott Matusow said he’s recording the video and will have it for all to watch later.

    His site has been great for the video. enjoying watching it with him, one of his MakePokerLegal guys and lacey (jones, i presume). however, the others in the chatbox make the lowest order of 2+2 poster seem highly evolved.


  12. Andrew
    says:

    Why go on a rant about something that is completely IRRELEVANT to the topic Mr. N? Thanks for wasting a few mins.


  13. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Twitter’s running into some difficulty at the moment, but seen most of what you’ve said there.


  14. Steve
    says:

    Twitter’s running into some difficulty at the moment, but seen most of what you’ve said there.