Lawmakers Seek to Tame ‘Wild West’ of Online Gambling

Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., are in a scramble to close them.

It all started two and a half years ago, when the Department of Justice ruled that the Wire Act – which had blocked all online gambling for 50 years – actually only applied to sports betting.

Attorneys general of 15 states – as well as South Carolina Gov. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. “There should not be a single person in the bowels of the Department of Justice reinterpreting law and fundamentally changing the landscape.”

“I would say that Sheldon has aligned himself with most Baptists in South Carolina,” Graham quipped. But not all states are on board; online gambling is an industry that its advocates say can create some major commerce.

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Graham also shot down questions about whether the legislation, which is being introduced two and a half years after the change in policy, was prompted by GOP mega donor Sheldon Adelson, whose brick and mortar casino empire in Las Vegas faces competition from the online gambling industry.

“Basically, it’s been the wild West out there on the Internet, which is of deep concern and that creates a huge problem for law enforcement,” Ayotte said.

“If there is a case that people want to make for online gambling, they need to come to the Congress,” Chaffetz said. “This is an issue where there will be business issues on both sides. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Jason Chaffetz R-Utha, are going all in to ban online gambling.

The decision opened the floodgates to online gambling, and now, two and a half years after the switch, a bipartisan group of legislators – including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., walk together as Graham and other senators head to the floor at the Capitol in Washington, in this July 10, 2013, file photo.” src=”http://a.abcnews.com/images/Politics/AP_jason_lindsey_democrats_mar_140326_16x9_608.jpg” alt=”AP jason lindsey democrats mar 140326 16×9 608 Lawmakers Seek to Tame Wild West of Online Gambling” width=”608″ height=”342″/>J

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