How a 1961 law has reignited the debate over Internet gambling (VIDEO)

April 7, 2014

The fight to ban (and legalize) internet gambling is on. Meet the lobbyists on both sides of the issue, and the lawmakers working for one side. (Jeff Simon/The Washington Post)

Both sides of the Internet gambling debate are doubling down in Washington. (See what we did there?)

A 1961 law called the Wire Act was reinterpreted by the Justice Department in 2011 to allow for Internet gambling, which was previously illegal. A bipartisan group of lawmakers has teamed up to restore the Wire Act to its original interpretation – that is, to ban Internet gambling.

Two special interest groups have hired lobbyists to fight for and against Internet gambling.

In other words: It is on.

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