Just last week a vote was expected to take place on AB 2863 within the California Assembly Appropriations Committee during a hearing but the vote did not take place. Now it seems that online poker will be the topic of discussion yet again today as a hearing has been officially scheduled beginning at 9am this morning.
The California State Assembly website shows a hearing was scheduled for 9am this morning at the State Capitol in Room 4202. On the schedule, it shows AB 2863 listed first with the summary showing Gambling: Internet poker. (Urgency). This gives hope that possibly the measure will be voted upon this morning and may possibly move forward.
After the vote did not take place last week, Assemblyman Adam Gray, the sponsor of the measure, along with Appropriations Chair Lorena Gonzalez began to work on whether or not more amendments were needed for the measure to move forward. It was believed that a follow up hearing would take place today or on the 29th of June, and now it seems today is the day.
A few weeks ago we reported that amendments had been proposed for the measure which would open the online poker industry of the state to PokerStars as well as additional changes made. The changes included information of who would fit into the ‘bad actor’ category as well as tax rates and licensing fees.
According to PokerNews, the proposed amendments are expected to be made to the online poker legislation before the bill is called for a vote today. Reportedly, the vote did not take place last week due to opposition from the Pechanga Coalition, a group of seven tribes who are not happy with the wording of the measure.
It will be interesting to see how the hearing fares and if online poker will move one step closer to fruition within the state of California.
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