Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing legal issues regarding legalized online gambling by way of an alternative Obama Administration view of the Wire Act. Recently, GOP Presidential candidate Marco Rubio, co-sponsored a bill to restore the Wire Act that is gaining momentum. A version of the bill now exists in both the Senate and the House. The implications for this reversal are far reaching as well, especially given recent state gambling expansion in areas like online lottery sales. An online source outlines those implications:
The House and Senate may take up a bill this year called the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” (RAWA)… The bills will change existing law to outlaw most forms of online gambling and gaming, even when explicitly authorized by a state.
More than a dozen states have some kind of online lottery services and would have their preferences overridden by Washington if this law passed.
RAWA wouldn’t simply roll back the online poker and casino industries in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey, it would also roll back online lottery sales in a number of states, including Illinois, Minnesota, Georgia and Michigan — not to mention preemptively prohibit them across the U.S.
Interestingly, some Democrats including Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are supportive of the effort.
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