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- Gemma Davies
February 18, 2006, 7:29 pm
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Quote Reuters News Agency:
Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte will reintroduce a bill this week that would
prohibit Internet gambling, a fast-growing industry valued at about $12
billion, a spokeswoman for Goodlatte said on Tuesday.
Goodlatte, a Republican, first introduced legislation to ban online gambling
nearly a decade ago. In 2000, his bill had strong support in the House but
was unexpectedly defeated due in part to efforts by Republican lobbyist Jack
Abramoff, who represented gambling interests, according to the spokeswoman.
Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud charges in early January and is cooperating
with prosecutors in a corruption probe that could implicate lawmakers and
officials across Washington.