The Buzz: Dianne Feinstein continues push against Internet poker

07/31/2014 4:28 PM

08/01/2014 7:28 AM

Feinstein wants feds to ban

Internet betting in states

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein continued her push against expanding gambling in California, writing a letter Wednesday urging Attorney General Eric Holder to support a bill to ban Internet gambling.

The bill by Feinstein, a Democrat, and Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire would reverse a 2011 legal interpretation that some states have used as justification to permit Internet gambling within their state lines.

“The clock is ticking,” the senators wrote in the letter to Holder. “We must act before we find virtual casinos making gambling pervasive in our society, invading living rooms, bedrooms and dorm rooms across the country.”

Their letter comes as legislation to permit Internet poker remains pending in the California Legislature, backed by a rare coalition of 13 Indian tribes. That effort is being opposed by the Morongo tribe as well as Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who is advocating against Internet gambling nationwide.

– Laurel Rosenhall

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