House Subcommittee Passes H.R. 3215 Against I-Gambling
By Earl
Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia got a step closer today to banning Internet gambling in these United States. The U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on crime passed unanimously on March 12 the congressman’s bill, H.R. 3215, that would expand the clout of the 1961 Wire Act against gambling in general by banning wagering through the Internet, as well as over the telephone.

Specifically, the bill would give law enforcement the right to dismantle gambling sites within the United States that were in violation in any way. It would also make illegal all credit card and electronic transfer methods of payment to gambling sites located outside the United States, where such sites may be perfectly legal in their own countries.

Goodlatte’s bill would give law enforcement agents the remit to order Internet service providers based anywhere in the United States to dismantle their links to gambling sites that may be based anywhere. Online advertising companies would suffer the same fate under the law, if their advertising is deemed to be promoting illegal online casinos.

‘This legislation is badly needed because there are a great many offshore sites that are sucking billions of dollars from American households,’ Rep. Goodlatte said.

The bill will now go to the full House Judiciary Committee for consideration. If it passes there, it will be subjected to a vote by the full House of Representatives. If it wins endorsement there, it will go on to the U.S. Senate for further consideration. The bill would affect an estimated 1,400 offshore Internet casinos that have come into being to over the last several years to meet the American demand for Internet gambling.

H.R. 3215 would have no affect on the authority of individual states and of Native American tribes to regulate online gambling within their borders, except that under-aged gambling would be uniformly banned throughout those sites.

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