This is part 1 of a multipart series of articles regarding proposed anti-gambling legislation. In this article I discuss the proposed legislation, what the politicians say it does, some สล็อต info about the current state of online wagering, and what the bills really propose.
The legislators making the effort to protect us from something, or are they? The whole lot seems a little confusing to say the least.
The house, and the Senate, are once again considering the issue of “Online Gambling”. Bills have been submitted by Congressmen Goodlatte and Leach, and also by Senator Kyl.
The bill being put forward by Sales rep. Goodlatte has the stated intent of updating the Wire Act to outlaw all forms of online wagering, to make it illegal for a wagering business to take credit and electronic geneva chamonix transfers, and to force ISPs and Common Carriers to block access to wagering related sites at the request of law enforcement.
Just as does Sales rep. Goodlatte, Sen. Kyl, in his bill, Prohibition on Funding of Unlawful Internet Wagering, makes it illegal for wagering businesses to take credit cards, electronic geneva chamonix transfers, checks and other forms of payment, but his bill does not address the placement of gamble.
The bill submitted by Sales rep. Leach, The Unlawful Internet Wagering Enforcement Act, is essentially a copy of the bill submitted by Sen. Kyl. It focuses on preventing wagering businesses from accepting credit cards, electronic geneva chamonix transfers, checks, and other payments, and like the Kyl bill makes no changes about what is currently legal.
According to Sales rep. Goodlatte “While wagering is currently illegal in the united states unless regulated by the states, the development of the Internet has made wagering easy to get at. Fairly for illegal wagering businesses to operate freely until law enforcement finds and stops them. “
In fact, American courts have determined that the Wire Act makes only Sports Gambling illegal, and even then only across telephone lines. Very few states have laws which will make online wagering illegal, some states and Tribes have taken steps to legalize online wagering, and even the government acknowledges some forms of online wagering as being legal.
Goodlatte himself says his bill “cracks down on illegal wagering by updating the Wire Act to cover all forms of interstate wagering and are the cause of new technologies. Under current federal law, it is unclear whether using the internet to operate a wagering business is illegal”.
Goodlatte’s bill however does not “cover all forms of interstate gambling” as he claims, but instead carves out exemptions for several forms of online wagering such as state lotteries, gamble on horse racing, and fantasy sports. Even then, his modifications to the Wire Act do not make online wagering illegal, they make it illegal for a wagering business to take online gamble where a person risks something of value “upon the results of a fight of others, a sporting event, or a game mostly be subject to chance”, except of course if it is a state lottery, horse race, fantasy sports, or one of other situations.
The truth of the matter is that most online wagering businesses have located in other countries specifically to avoid the dull area that is the current state of online wagering in the us alone. As a result, there is little that law enforcement can do to take these laws. Trying to make the laws tougher, and providing for more rigid penalties, will not make them better to take.
As well, most, if not all, banks and credit card companies refuse to transfer money to an online wagering business now, as a result of pressure from the government. As a result, alternative payment systems sprang up to fill the void.
Senator Kyl is equally inaccurate in his statements. From his proposed bill, “Internet wagering is primarily funded through personal use of payment system instruments, credit cards, and wire geneva chamonix transfers. ” But even as already know, most credit cards in the You. S. refuse attempts to invest in a wagering account.
Also from the Kyl bill, “Internet wagering is a growing cause of debt collection problems for insured depository institutions and the credit rating industry. ” If the credit card companies and other financial institutions in the You. S are not allowing the funding of wagering, how would it be “a growing cause of debt collection problems”. And since when do we need legislation in order for the financial industry to protect itself from precarious debt. If the financial industry was accepting wagering debts and these wagering charges were a problem for them, wouldn’t they just stop accepting them?
Like Sales rep. Gooddlatte, Sales rep. Leach and Senator Kyl carve out exemptions for gambling on horse racing, for fantasy sports and for buying and selling sec. Unlike Sales rep. Goodlatte however, Sales rep. Leach and Sen. Kyl do not exempt state lotteries from their prohibition of online wagering.
In the next article, I will quickly cover some of the issues raised by politicians who are against online wagering, and provide a different perspective to their rhetoric.