Created: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:37:00 CST
Updated: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:46:56 CST
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has co-authored a letter to Congress; asking lawmakers to take a closer look at a recent re-interpretation of a law that Bruning says opens the door to the spread of internet gambling.
The letter, which was signed by a total of 16 state attorneys general, deals with the federal Wire Act. For years, the federal government interpreted the Wire Act to prohibit all forms of gambling involving interstate wire transmissions, including transmissions over the internet. However, in late 2011, the Department of Justice issued a legal opinion stating the Wire Act only bans sports betting, and does not apply to online gambling.
In a statement, Bruning said, "The ease and anonymity of online gambling compounds issues related to gambling addiction and is a threat to families across the country."