Leading lawmakers are asking the attorney general to determine whether online sports wagering would violate a law enacted nearly 60 years ago to target mob-related gambling.
The chairs of the legislative committees that oversee gambling — Rep. John Barker and Sen. Bud Estes — want to know whether sports wagering on mobile devices or the internet would violate the Federal Wire Act.
The Wire Act became law in 1961 as a way to stop illegal bookmaking by organized crime. The law barred U.S.-based casinos from using wire communications to accept interstate betting information and wagers.
Now, Barker and Estes . . .