Wednesday, October 19, 2011 :  Sub-Committee gathering information prior to hearing on Barton bill
 
U.S. lobby group, the Poker Players' Alliance (PPA) advised its members today (Wednesday) that the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee for Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing on Internet gaming on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.
 
The subcommittee will hear from various, as yet unnamed, witnesses in an effort to gather information on the regulation of Internet gaming that it will use when examining the merits of Representative Joe Barton's proposed Online Poker Act of 2011 H.R. 2366, the group said.
 
Barton sits on the Sub-Committee along with thirteen other Republicans and nine Democrats.
 
The PPA's Executive Director John Pappas in an interview with respected online poker source Pocket Fives.com said: "The hearing may be more about internet gaming, but the Barton bill will be hard to ignore given that Barton sits on the subcommittee."
 
In its communication, the PPA urges its members whose U.S. representative is a member of the Sub-Committee to contact them on the issue before the hearing takes place.
 
The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade is chaired by Mary Bono Mack of California's 45th congressional district and comprises:
 
Republicans:
 
Mary Bono Mack, California, Chairman
Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee, Vice Chair
Cliff Stearns, Florida
Charlie Bass, New Hampshire
Gregg Harper, Mississippi
Leonard Lance, New Jersey
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
Brett Guthrie, Kentucky
Pete Olson, Texas
David McKinley, West Virginia
Mike Pompeo, Kansas
Adam Kinzinger, Illinois
Joe Barton, Texas
Fred Upton, Michigan
 
Democrats:
 
George Kenneth Butterfield, North Carolina
Charlie Gonzalez, Texas
Jim Matheson, Utah
John Dingell, Michigan
Ed Towns, New York
Bobby Rush, Illinois
Jan Schakowsky, Illinois
Mike Ross, Arkansas
Henry Waxman, California