After originally scheduling the first of four online poker hearings for this week, officials in California have changed the first hearing for Monday April 27th. The first hearing will be discussing the Assembly Bill 431 and will begin at 1:30pm local time. The hearing will take place in Sacramento and will take place within the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.
The information of the new hearing comes from a tweet by Chris Krafcik of Gambling Compliance. It is unclear as to why the hearing was changed for a later date but hopefully this will be the last change and we will get to see discussions take place on the legislation proposed for online poker within California.
On the table as of right now in the state, there are four online poker proposals. With the hearing on Monday, the first of four discussions will be made in public on the subject of iPoker gaming. An online poker plan has never been voted on before within the state so it is unclear as to if any of the proposals will move forward to a vote in 2015.
All eyes are on the state of California to see if they will be the next to regulate and license online poker gaming. Also in the running to be the next individual state in the industry is Pennsylvania. Officials of the state have proposed legislation to offer such gaming options online as well as urged Congress to reject the federally proposed ban on iPoker.
Both states seem to be taking their time and thoroughly reviewing legislation before making a decision on the matter. With numerous proposals on the books in both states, it will take time to determine which option to choose to enter the industry. Currently, the online poker market in the United States only consists of Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada. It will be interesting to see if another states enters the mix within 2015.
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