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U.S. to vote on ’Net ban

Oct 1, 2002 4:58 AM

The debate over Internet gambling in the U.S. may come to an abrupt close after the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the issue this week.

Republican leaders scheduled a vote Tuesday on a bill to ban Internet gambling.

The bill would require a two-thirds majority to pass since it was quickly scheduled under an expedited procedure.

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, the bill would prohibit the use of credit cards, checks and electronic fund transfers to pay for Internet gambling.

Capital Hill observers say the controversial bill isn’t likely to receive the necessary two-thirds vote.