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Tribes Seek Amendments to Reid-Kyl Bill

Indian tribes in the U.S. are proposing changes to the current version of the Reid-Kyl online poker bill that may be introduced in the lame duck session of Congress.

The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) held a meeting earlier this month in Las Vegas to discuss amendments to the measure, GamblingCompliance reported. Chief among tribal concerns is a desire for regulatory authority over tribal interests to be overseen by the National Indian Gaming Commission. The existing Reid-Kyl draft delegates that authority to the U.S. Commerce Department. Tribal leaders believe that the Commerce Department lacks experience in regulating gambling and working with tribal governments.

“Tribes want to get involved in making sure if that bill does move that amendments sensitive to the concerns of Indian country are adopted and incorporated,” said Michael Lombardi, commissioner of gambling for the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians of California. “Indian country might support the Reid-Kyl bill if amended. But it’s not acceptable in its current form.”

Native tribes join a long list of those who either oppose or seek amendments to various provisions of the federal online poker bill. That list includes the Poker Players Alliance, the lottery commissions of several states, the National Governors Association, and even the tiny twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.