Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006
Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 Acronyms (colloquial) UIGEA Citations Public Law 31 U.S.C. §§ 5361–5367 Legislative history Passed the House on May 4, 2006 (421–2) Passed the Senate as the Title VIII of the "Port Security Improvement Act of 2006" on September 14, 2006 (98–0) Reported by the joint conference committee on September 29, 2006; agreed to by the House on September 30, 2006 (409–2) and by the Senate on September 30, 2006 (Unanimous consent) Signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 13, 2006
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) is United States legislation regulating online gambling. It was added as Title VIII to the SAFE Port Act (found at 31 U.S.C. §§ 5361–5367) which otherwise regulated port security. It "prohibits gambling businesses from knowingly accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager that involves the use of the Internet and that is unlawful under any federal or state law." The act specifically excludes fantasy sports, that meet certain requirements, and legal intrastate and inter-tribal gaming. It does not expressly mention state lotteries; nor does it clarify whether inter-state wagering on horse racing is legal.