This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.
Barack Obama’s Justice Department, which has gotten picky about which laws it wants to enforce, decided in December that it wouldn’t apply the 1961 Wire Act to online gambling.
That decision, which reversed many years of federal policy, has produced a predictable sequel. Nevada and Delaware have legalized Internet gaming, and New Jersey may follow them by the end of the year.
Far more ominously, there’s a move afoot in Congress to legalize Web betting across the country. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other powerful lawmakers are pushing to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.
If the industry has its way with Congress, there’d be no safe havens. Washington has attempted to ban online gaming, but federal legalization would probably allow gambling websites in other states to accept bets from Washingtonians. Our state’s policy would be effectively overturned. Read more »