In response to a bill that would ban Internet poker, the nonprofit Poker Players Alliance has released a study making a case for the online games to be legalized and taxed by the federal government.
Last week, the House passed the "Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act," which would update the Interstate Wire Act of 1961. That act has been made somewhat nebulous thanks to modern technology, outlawing betting on sports across state lines over the telephone but leaving the enforcement of Internet gambling in a legal limbo. The House bill would specifically outlaw bets made using the Internet or any other form of electronic communication, appropriate $10 million to the Department of Justice's budgets in 2007 through 2010, and increase the maximum penalty to five years in prison.
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