New Bill Seeking To Ban Online Gambling in US

December 15, 2016 / by: Gray Peterson

A new bill seeking to ban online gambling at the federal level was introduced to the US House by Michael Fitzpatrick, the Pennsylvanian Republican Representative.

Representative Bobby Rush (D. Illinois) and Representative Charles Dent (R. Pennsylvania) who are known to be longstanding online gaming opponents co-sponsored the “RAWA-esque” bill HR 6453 which appeared on Capitol Hill on December 7. Though the bill language is a little different from RAWA, its aim is apparent.

The uncharacteristically short bill states:

“The Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Divison Memorandum of Opinion dated 20th Sept 2011 referring to the lawfulness of propositions by Illinois and New York to use the Internet and non-residential transaction processors to sell tickets to residential adults(including the application of Wire Act (18 U.S.C. 1084) and the Illegitimate Online Gambling Enforcement Act (31 U.S.C 5361-5367) to such proposal does to enforce law and shall have no power and effect for purposes of translating or enforcing section 5362(a)(10) of title 31, United States Code.”

What does this Mean?

The “Memorandum of Opinion”  cited here is the 2011 DOJ’s  declaration that the 1961 Wire Act only prohibits remote sports betting but not the poker and casino gambling.

The states of New York and Illinois sought the opinion to help determine the lawfulness of the prepositions to launch online lottery products. However, in the long run, they made way for New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware to legitimatize and regulate online poker and casino.

The HR 6453 maintains that this opinion advisory does not fully enforce the law and, therefore, the new online gambling sectors and online lotteries should be viewed as a violation of the federal law.

When did all this begin?

The dark clouds set on the horizon last week after attorney generals from ten states across the US wrote a request to the incoming Trump administration to enforce a federal ban on online gambling.

In their letter, the AG’S explained that the risks to the US citizens were real and extensive. The letter further continued to say that teens were more prone to the dangers of online gaming since they can easily access the sites online unlike their traditional brick and mortar counterparts.

The bigwig and the major financier of the anti-online gambling movement, Sheldon Adelson, is keen to test the new political wave brought about by the election of Trump to White House after failing several times in the past.

However, it is unlikely that HR 6453 will do any better than RAWA. This is considering its headstrong confining of state rights is one of the few matters that seem to unite Democrats and Republicans nowadays. Unfortunately for Adelson, it is unlikely that Trump will illegalize a business that foreigners are performing better than Americans due to restrictions- it is just not his style.

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