New Online Poker Bill Expected for December in California

CaliforniaJust yesterday it was reported at 4flush that one of two online poker bills in the state of California was withdrawn from consideration for the current legislative session. The bill was one created by California State Senator Lou Correa and we have now learned that the second bill for online poker in California will be unable to pass during this legislative session. On August 31st, the current session will end and the bill does not have enough time to be passed.

According to PokerNews, the bill by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer will not have enough time to pass but the Assemblyman is planning on introducing another bill in December. PokerNews spoke with a representative of Jones-Sawyer and found out that progress was made this year on the subject of online poker and that the Assemblyman was not going to give up on the issue.

The representative further stated that the inability for the bill to pass had nothing to do with Sheldon Adelson’s efforts to stop online gambling or the fact this is an election year. According to the rep, legislature just ran out of time to work out the language of the bill that was acceptable to all parties involved.

The main areas of concern are the inclusion of bad actor clause and horse racing tracks. The argument continues on as to whether or not companies such as PokerStars should be able to participate in online gambling despite the fact they continued to operate in the US after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed in 2006.

Also up for discussion is if horse racing tracks should be allowed to online poker gaming. Indian tribes, in the majority, want to see bad actors clause included and horse tracks not allowed to participate. It will be interesting to see if by December, the kinks are worked out and California will finally be able to get in on the online poker market in the US.


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