Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT-3) reintroduced the Restoration of America’s Wire Act today in the 114th Congress. The bill is identical to a measure set forth by Rep. Chaffetz in the last session of Congress.
The bill, if passed, would amend federal criminal code to essentially make all forms of Internet gambling illegal. The bill would roll back the Internet gaming expansion since the 2011 Department of Justice opinion essentially limiting the Wire Act to sports betting.
The bill would exempt from the definition of “bet or wager” any activity similarly exempted from the definition of “bet or wager” under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Such an exemption notably includes “participation in any fantasy or simulation sports game or educational game or contest” meeting certain conditions – this is the exemption which has led to the recent explosion of the daily fantasy contest industry.