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S. 474 (105th): Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1997

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Oct 23, 1997.

Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1997 - Amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit and set penalties for: (1) placing, receiving, or otherwise making a bet or wager via the Internet or any other interactive computer service in any State; and (2) engaging in the business of betting or wagering through the Internet or any such service. (Sec. 4) Grants the U.S. district courts original and exclusive jurisdiction to prevent and restrain violations of this Act. Authorizes the Attorney General to institute proceedings under this section, and the district court (upon application of the Attorney General) to enter a restraining order or an injunction or take any other action necessary to prevent a violation if the court determines that there is a substantial probability that such violation has occurred or will occur. Authorizes a State attorney general, or other appropriate State official, to institute proceedings under this section under specified circumstances. Sets forth provisions regarding temporary restraining orders, hearings, and permanent injunctions. (Sec. 5) Directs the Secretary of State to: (1) negotiate with foreign countries to conclude international agreements that would enable the United States to enforce specified provisions of this Act with respect to persons engaging in violations from outside the United States; and (2) report on the progress of such negotiations to specified congressional officials.