A federal internet gambling bill circulating in Washington DC Thursday would significantly expand online gaming in the United States by automatically opting-in all states and tribes and allowing non-gaming entities to operate online gaming sites.

The bill proposed by Representative Peter King is cited as the Internet Gambling Regulation, Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Act of 2013.

In justifying federal regulation of gambling, the bill states that internet gambling communications may traverse state boundaries from origin to destination for a number of reasons outside the control of the sender and recipient, and that such a channel of interstate commerce is subject to congress's plenary authority. "For these same reasons, Internet gambling by its very nature implicates Federal concerns, and is different in kind and effect from traditional gambling activity."

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