Sept. 11, 1961 - Congress sent to President Kennedy today a bill making it a Federal crime to travel interstate on underworld business. The measure is one of a series requested by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to facilitate action against big criminal organizations. He said that states were hampered by their limited jurisdictions in dealing with such matters. The bill would provide up to a $10,000 fine and 5 years imprisonment for interstate travel with the intention of committing a crime or distributing the proceeds of illegal enterprises such as gambling, illicit liquor, and prostitution.
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