Lottery lawsuit looms over budget writing
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New Hampshire lawmakers are writing the state budget without knowing whether they can rely on a key source of revenue, but the state attorney general hopes the question will be settled soon in court.
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission sued the federal government last month over the U.S. Department’s recent re-interpretation of the federal Wire Act, which was enacted in 1961 to target the mob and prohibits interstate wagering. In 2011, during the Obama administration, the department said online gambling within states that does not involve sporting events would not violate federal law. But officials reversed that in November, saying the law applies to any form of gambling that crosses state lines.