The California Gambling Control and Interstate Online Poker Legalization act that was proposed by Assemblyman Lloyd Devine was approved on Tuesday, June 24th by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee with a 6 to 1 vote. Now it will move toward drafting regulations and general projections to estimate potential revenues.
Now the Attorney General’s Bureau of Gambling Control, the state Gaming Control Commission and the Legislative Counsel will now make reconditions on a structure for the system, draft regulations and analyze potential revenues so it can be included in the bill’s language as it moves on the Senate Appropriations Committee in August before finally stopping at the Senate floor.
The Poker Voter of America President, Jim Tabilio and his organization serves as the bill’s citizen sponsor. They are all very happy with the favorable Committee vote and said, “It’s a good sign that the legislators are taking this issue seriously, understand the importance of the bill and are asking the right questions,” said Tabilio.
“The plan going forward is to bring together the potential stakeholders to help craft a final version of the bill that protects Californians who play online and maximizes revenue for the state.”
“We said four months ago that the goal of Poker Voters of America was creation of a regulated online intrastate system that conforms to Federal law and protects California players by licensing legal, secure and regulated alternatives to offshore online poker,” said Tabilio. “Tuesday’s vote confirms that we’re on track to accomplish that goal.”
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