US Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Jason Chaffetz have introduced a bill to the Senate that would re-imagine the Wire Act, outlawing all types of online gambling in the process.
Under the language of the bill, all types of online gambling in the US would be forbidden, save for horse racing. The bill would also make current online gambling in states that have passed legislation illegal, killing an industry which is picking up speed and generating tax revenue.
The bill has bi-partisan support from Senator Dianne Feinstein, and many others who have been influenced by lobbyists. One such politician, Senator Kelly Ayotte said, "What has been the result of this [Justice Department ruling]: basically, it’s been the Wild West out there on the internet, which has been of deep concern for law enforcement."
Not all politicians are in favour of the bill, however, as former Rep. Mary Bono said, "There isn’t any question whether Americans are gaming online. They are. Congress should be focused on keeping them safe, not shutting down existing consumer protections. If Congress passes this bill, we’ll see more Americans gaming on black market websites with absolutely no protections against fraud, identity theft and other criminal activity."
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