Online Gambling Laws
During the late 1990s, online gambling gained a lot of popularity. According to Frost & Sullivan, revenues from online gambling in the United States exceeded $830 million in 1998. However, many countries still restrict online gambling. In Canada, for example, online gambling is legal only in some provinces.
There are many laws governing gambling in the United States. These include laws that prohibit gambling by anyone under 18 years of age and prohibit gambling in interstate commerce. Gambling laws vary from state to state, and are primarily enforced by state officials.
There are also federal laws that prohibit illegal Internet gambling. These include the Wire Act and the Illegal Gambling Business Act. In addition, the federal government may block illegal activities by enacting Federal Information Technology Rules.
The most important law enacted by Congress in 2006 was the Federal Information Technology Rule, which provides that individuals may not engage in any activity that facilitates illegal gambling on the Internet. This includes advertisements for online gambling.
Another law is the “Travel Act,” which prohibits illegal gambling on interstate commerce. In addition, the “Lopez Amendment” provides elements that will help the feds target low-level gambling cases.
A “state” is any territory or possession of the United States. This includes the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and even Hawaii.
In 1999, a bill was introduced in the US Senate that would have prohibited online gambling for U.S. citizens. It was introduced by Senator Jon Kyl.