|A new bill that would update the 1961 wire act to make Internet gambling illegal was introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va last Thursday. This is Goodlatte’s second attempt to make online gaming illegal, a similar bill was defeated last year.|
Under the terms of the bill Internet gambling operators could face five-year prison terms for violation of the new act. Nevada and Indian tribes could still operate web gaming sites, but they would not be allowed to take wagers from beyond the state borders.
“If they figure out how to set up such a system and not have it bleed over into the rest of the United States, they could eventually move in that direction,” said Goodlatte, who has stated that his proposal would not conflict with Nevada legislation that authorised an investigation into whether Internet gambling could be effectively regulated.
The proposals were criticised by Anthony Cabot, a Las Vegas lawyer and a specialist in Internet gambling, who said that the bill would not be able to halt the growth of online gaming.
“The question is whether U.S companies are going to operate on U.S soil or go to foreign jurisdictions where Internet gambling is legal,” said Cabot.