Big Changes In U.S. Wire Act Possible After November Elections

  • Court decision, elections could lead to Wire Act overhaul
  • Lobbyists cautious about opening door to federal regulation
  • Needy states could spur congressional action on Wire Act

The new Congress to be sworn in after the November 3 elections is expected to consider amending, and perhaps even partially repealing, the U.S. Wire Act of 1961 as more cash-strapped states consider the legalization of sports betting in 2021.

“What we’re looking for here is a very narrow fix,” said Ayesha Khanna Molino, a former Senate aide who is senior vice president of government affairs at MGM Resorts International.

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