Two US politicians announced that they are planning to introduce anti-online gambling bills that would outlaw all forms of online gambling in the country.
The bills are reportedly being introduced by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
Graham's actions are likely being impacted by Sheldon Adelson, who has given the Republican Senator cash contributions, while Chaffetz's motivations are unclear.
Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling spoke out on the potential bills, saying: “We support and applaud all efforts to restore the long-standing interpretation that the Wire Act prohibits Internet gambling. It’s common sense that putting a virtual casino in the pocket of every American with a phone is bad public policy.”
Former US Representative Mary Bono of the Pro-Gambling Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection also spoke out, saying: “Banning all online gaming nationwide, as this bill effectively does, would put American consumers at serious risk. It is impossible to stand in the way of the Internet; instead, we should embrace and shape these new technologies in a way that is safe for consumers.”
Congress is set to resume from a holiday break next week, and it is then that both bills are expected to be introduced.