A U.S. Representative out of Wisconsin, Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, doesn’t believe the states have the intelligence to make their own sports gambling decisions. He sent a letter to U.S. Deputy Attorney Rod Rothstein last week, in which he wrote that it is “clear Congress had work to do to endure the public is protected, and any potential for exploitation is minimized in this post-PASPA era.” He also promised a “legislative response.”
While the response is coming, Sensenbrenner wants the Department of Justice (DOJ) to get involved. He wants to know where it stands on sports gambling and is demanding to know where the department stands on the Wire Act.
Sensenbrenner is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. The committee conducted a federal hearing on the subject of sports gambling in September, but couldn’t seem to remain focused. It had invited the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling to testify at the hearing and the topic quickly turned to the Wire Act and a decision seven years ago by the DOJ that ultimately led to state-regulated poker and online gaming.
The Wire Act prohibits interstate sports betting. However, since states only want to regulate intrastate sports gambling, the Act is irrelevant.