Online Gambling Ban Approved by HousePublished June 25, 2002 by OCR Editor
On Tuesday The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee agreed verbally on a gambling bill.
The bill prohibits online gambling and many officials were against such a law because of the ambiguous strings attached, creating a surplus of limitations. Rep. Bob Goodlatte who was in charge of the bill, intended to revise the l96l Wire Act that prohibited interstate betting from submitting to overseas gambling accounts.
Subsequently, the new bill would give lawmakers the power to shutdown gambling sites and banner ads, and to impede credit card transactions to sites working offshore. However, those opposing the bill challenged the bill's intent, doubting the right to control an adult's prerogative, as well as marring legitimate gambling functions such as state lotteries, dog tracks, and Jai Alai. Those who contend that the bill deems questionable ambiguous strings attached to the matter were able to go ahead with two modifications that would supersede Goodlatte's opposition. These would curtail state lottery depots towards accredited retail outlets and insure that types of illegal Internet wagering sponsored by certified casinos remain illegal. On Tuesday, Goodlatte said that he sought a sense of balance between states' rights and called for a concentrated effort on Internet gambling acts. "It's a conservative, anti-gambling bill which is fine, because I am anti-gambling." In the interim the full House is still waiting for the bill to be passed by the Financial Services Committee that is still in a pending mode.