U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Monday he plans to introduce a new bill that would make sports gambling illegal, the same day the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that banned betting on sports.
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"At stake here is the very integrity of sports. That’s why I plan to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to help protect honesty and principle in the athletic arena," Hatch said in a statement (via The Hill).
Justice Samuel Alito's majority opinion left open the possibility of further legislation.
Said Hatch, who is retiring at the end of this Congressional session: "The rapid rise of the Internet means that sports betting across state lines is now just a click away. We cannot allow this practice to proliferate amid uneven enforcement and a patchwork race to the regulatory bottom."
He was one of the original authors of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 1992 that the high court rendered invalid Monday. He offered no details on the legislation he plans to introduce, though he said the "problems posed by sports betting are much the same as they were 25 years ago."
According to The Hill, 16 state legislatures already have begun considering measures to legalize sports betting.