Saturday, October 14, 2006
President Bush signed into law the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act of 2006, or the "SAFE Port Act" stating that "[t]he Act strengthens the Government's ability to protect the Nation's seaports and maritime commerce from attack by terrorists." (see here) But the add-on to this Act is what is focused on here, that being the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
The new law basically outlaws some online gambling. But it is controversial to say the least. (see Washington Post here). The ramifications of this prohibition are far reaching with the LATimes (AP) reporting that the companies of Sportingbet and Leisure & Gaming have decided to leave the US business. (see here) This will certainly assist the government in its recent move to crackdown on online gambling (see here). The statute can be found here.