U.S. Senate Passes Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999

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Saturday, January 1, 2000
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
16
Issue: 
1
560
Abstract: 
On November 19, 1999, the U.S. Senate passed S. 692, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999, by unanimous consent. The Act would provide criminal penalties to online betting activity that occurs within a gambling enterprise. Sponsored by Sen Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the bill had almost a quarter of the Senate as co-sponsors. The Judicial Committee passed the bill in mid-June. Subsequently it was reported out favorably. The bill would effectively forbid and criminalize Internet gambling operations in the U.S. In particular, criminal penalties would be imposed for the placing or taking of bets online within the scope of a gambling business…[more]