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113th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                S. 2159

    To restore long-standing United States policy that the Wire Act 
   prohibits all forms of Internet gambling, and for other purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             March 26, 2014

   Mr. Graham (for himself, Mr. Lee, Ms. Ayotte, and Mrs. Feinstein) 
introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the 
                       Committee on the Judiciary

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                                 A BILL


 
    To restore long-standing United States policy that the Wire Act 
   prohibits all forms of Internet gambling, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Restoration of America's Wire Act''.

SEC. 2. WIRE ACT CLARIFICATION.

    Section 1084 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a)--
                    (A) by striking ``bets or wagers or information 
                assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any 
                sporting event or contest,'' and inserting ``any bet or 
                wager, or information assisting in the placing of any 
                bet or wager,'';
                    (B) by striking ``result of bets or wagers'' and 
                inserting ``result of any bet or wager''; and
                    (C) by striking ``placing of bets or wagers'' and 
                inserting ``placing of any bet or wager''; and
            (2) by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following:
    ``(e) As used in this section--
            ``(1) the term `bet or wager' does not include any 
        activities set forth in section 5362(1)(E) of title 31;
            ``(2) the term `State' means a State of the United States, 
        the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a 
        commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States;
            ``(3) the term `uses a wire communication facility for the 
        transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of any bet or 
        wager' includes any transmission over the Internet carried 
        interstate or in foreign commerce, incidentally or otherwise; 
        and
            ``(4) the term `wire communication' has the meaning given 
        the term in section 3 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 
        U.S.C. 153).''.

SEC. 3. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

    Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be 
construed--
            (1) to preempt any State law prohibiting gambling; or
            (2) to alter, limit, or extend--
                    (A) the relationship between the Interstate 
                Horseracing Act of 1978 (15 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.) and 
                other Federal laws in effect on the date of enactment 
                of this Act;
                    (B) the ability of a State licensed lottery 
                retailer to make in-person, computer-generated retail 
                lottery sales under applicable Federal and State laws 
                in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act; or
                    (C) the relationship between Federal laws and State 
                charitable gaming laws in effect on the date of the 
                enactment of this Act.
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