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States Move Toward Legalizing Online Gambling
Undeterred by murky federal law and emboldened by a trade ruling, at
least three states are edging toward legalizing online gambling, and the
United Kingdom is on the verge of permitting its land-based casinos to
take bets online from U.S. citizens.
Those are the latest assaults on the federal Wire Act of 1961, which
bans use of telephones to place sports bets. U.S. lawmakers have
struggled for a decade to update the law, hoping to restrain the
fast-growing, $10 billion-a-year Internet gambling industry.
Legal experts say the act is narrow and hard to enforce, and that it
does not specifically ban casino games. The vague law has prompted
online gaming overtures from:
Lawmakers say they are confident proposed legislation will not
violate federal law, and they are willing to defend themselves in court.
"No one wants tax increases. This is a legitimate revenue maker,"
says Republican North Dakota state Rep. Jim Kasper of Fargo. He
introduced legislation that would allow Internet poker sites to operate
inside the state. It has passed the House.
Kasper says legalized Internet poker could bring in millions through
taxes and fees. North Dakota’s constitution would have to be amended, he
says. The state attorney general’s office, which would regulate sites,
last week received a letter from the Justice Department reiterating the
federal ban on all Internet gambling.
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