Washington • Nearly all forms of Internet gambling would be illegal under legislation proposed by a group of bipartisan members of Congress including Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Jim Matheson who want to overturn a Justice Department ruling that allows online betting.
Unveiled Wednesday, the bill would toss out the two-year-old Justice Department interpretation of a law that online gaming is legal, a move that has led to gambling proliferating on the Internet. The Utahns and their anti-gambling colleagues say the legislation is necessary to protect states that don't want online gaming. Utah and Hawaii are the only states that don't allow any games of chance.
"There should not be a single person in the bowels of the Department of Justice reinterpreting the law and fundamentally changing the landscape," Chaffetz said Wednesday. "That's not the way the process should work."