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Posted on July 18, 2013 by Terry Goodwin
The Senate has been the starting point for dozens of unsuccessful online gambling bills over the past decade. In the years since the 2006 Act on Illegal Online Gambling Enforcement was passed, several senators took the lead in new gaming bills, and each one was rejected by a majority of their peers.
While failure to do so has become commonplace among those looking to regulate internet betting, optimism resumes after the last round of Senate talks. The pendulum has swayed and most senators are now in favor of regulation, although many have very different motives. It is surprising for some who is working on the regulations.
"We are ashamed if we don't do something about it, because when I think about money laundering, terrorism, drug trafficking and children's access to the Internet, and also people to contribute to the addiction problem," Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte said . "I hope this is something we move fast about."
The internet gambling industry has grown rapidly in recent years. The spread of the industry started in Europe and made its way across the pond to the United States. Several states, including Nevada and New Jersey, have passed online gambling laws, forcing the federal government to investigate the issue more closely.
Before you push through any more laws that may go wrong, this time lawmakers looking for change are trying to get the majority in their favor.
"I would like to legislate like Senator Reid, but we want broad support," said Republican Senator Dean Heller. "I want broad support."
Reid and other supporters are pushing through the regulation, saying that illegal operations now allow online players to place bets on their websites. Now a group of lawmakers are dealing with the crimes committed by these illegal operations and have decided that stricter rules are needed.
"We don't know if the casino's profits are hidden criminal profits," said prosecutor Jack Blum. “The only way to do this on the Internet is to have a unified federal standard. The current situation is the open season. "