The U.S. Senate has scheduled a hearing that will discuss online gambling before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance on July 17th at 10am. This is a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The meeting is titled “The Expansion of Internet Gambling: Assessing Consumer Protection Concerns”.
John Pappas of the Poker Players Alliance states:
Witnesses have yet to be announced but we understand they will focus on consumer protection items like age verification, money laundering, law enforcement, etc. I would expect at least one anti-internet gambling witness like someone from Focus on the Family or that ilk. Will share once we have names.
It is unknown if the discussion will involve a bill that was introduced by Representative Poker King (R-NY), a potential bill from Representative Joe Barton (R-TX), or if this is a general internet protection committee meeting.
Edit: Rep. Barton released his Poker Freedom Act bill the following day. You may find details here.
The agenda, which will include witnesses, will be released in the coming days. USPoker will publish the agenda when it is available.