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Lawmakers Push For Legal Online Gambling Nationwide

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rep. Joe Barton wants to help gamblers stay on the couch.

The Texas Republican introduced a bill in Congress Thursday that would pave the way for states to legalize online poker without fear of federal intervention.

It’s the second such bill this year. In June, Republican New York Congressman Peter King introduced another piece of legislation that would establish regulations for legal online poker.

The federal government cracked down on internet gambling in 2011. But the same year, the U.S. Justice Department issued a ruling making online gambling legal so long as it’s permitted on the state level.

Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware have legalized some kind of online gambling, and legislatures in other states are weighing the issue.

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