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AGA responds to Wire Act alteration

Casino trade group has continued its call for Congress to establish federal guidelines governing online gambling in the United States.

Thursday 29th December 2011

The American Gaming Association (AGA), a trade group that represents the casino industry in the United States, has issued a statement in response to the news that the Department of Justice has now changed its stance regarding the Wire Act and its applicability to online gambling. The AGA has been calling on Congress to set up a wide-reaching federal framework for the regulation and taxation of online gaming and has continued this appeal in reaction to the alteration from the Department of Justice that the 1961 legislation now only applies to sportsbetting and not other online games such as poker. “The Department of Justice’s interpretation regarding the scope of the federal Wire Act validates the urgent need for federal legislation to curb what will now be a proliferation of domestic and foreign unlicensed and unregulated gaming websites without consistent regulatory standards and safeguards against fraud, underage gambling and moneylaundering,” read the statement from the AGA. “Federal legislation that protects states’ rights can establish uniform safeguards to protect US consumers, keep children from gambling on the Internet and provide the tools law enforcement needs to shut down illegal Internet gambling operators. “Federal guidelines also would prevent fraud and money laundering, address problem gambling and ensure players aren’t being cheated. These federally-mandated protections are vital no matter the interpretation of the Wire Act and they must be enacted in order to avoid a patchwork quilt of state and tribal rules and regulations that would prove confusing for customers and difficult for law enforcement tomanage.”

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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