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Horse Racing Safe as Internet Gambling Ban Passes

12 Jul 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As reported by Bloodhorse: "The United States House of Representatives passed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act July 11 by a vote of 317-93, but defeated an amendment that would extended the proposed ban on Internet gambling to horse racing and state lotteries by apparently superseding existing federal law.

"The legislation, which also modernizes the Wire Act of 1961, attempts to stymie Internet gambling by outlawing use of credit to make bets and mandating criminal penalties. Its primary target is offshore online casinos that take wagers from U.S. residents.

"Chances for introduction and passage of an Internet gambling bill by the Senate remain unclear. Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona has championed similar legislation in his chamber since the late 1990s.

"...Much of the debate on the House floor before the vote centered on the pari-mutuel horse racing industry, which under the IHA is permitted to offer account wagering across state lines between states that expressly permit it.

"NTRA officials have said pari-mutuel horse racing already is covered under the IHA, and therefore doesn't require an exemption. The horse racing industry and the U.S. Department of Justice remain at odds in their positions on interstate pari-mutuel wagering, though the federal government has taken no action..."

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