Internet gambling revisions supported by casinos

WASHINGTON — The gambling industry’s top lobbyist agreed to support an Internet gambling bill Tuesday after the House lawmaker who is pushing the legislation apparently agreed to key changes allowing such gambling in Nevada. The American Gaming Association had opposed a bill being pushed by Rep. Robert Goodlatte, R-Va. But AGA President Frank Fahrenkopf said the lobby group’s board of directors, meeting in Las Vegas, agreed Tuesday to support the legislation — if two key changes are made. Goodlatte has agreed to make the two changes, Fahrenkopf said. Goodlatte was not available for comment today. The Judiciary Committee could discuss the changes at a hearing Thursday. Goodlatte’s bill is aimed at outlawing the unregulated world of Internet gambling, a difficult task that lawmakers have grappled with for six years as cyber casinos have grown into a $1.6 billion industry. Goodlatte has sought support for his legislation from a variety of groups, including the influential AGA. But Fahrenkopf objected to two specific details in Goodlatte’s latest bill. One centered on a state’s right to regulate Internet gambling. No state has legalized Internet gambling — yet — although it thrives nationwide, in part because of off-shore website operators. Several Nevada companies, including