California Legislature to Possibly Approve Intrastate Internet Poker
December 30, 2011
While California is one of the more liberal states, with its legalization of medical marijuana use, it would seem typical for it to be one of the first states to allow intrastate online poker. The state is in fact set to pass new legislation that will make online gambling legal in the state of California, and while this is in obvious opposition to the federal government’s stance on Internet poker, the feds have not yet made an official statement on their position regarding this legislation. The silence has done nothing but encourage speculation that the feds may not be that concerned with trying to stop it.
It is no secret that California has issues with its economy, and online gambling would do nothing but boosts its otherwise struggling state. In fact, California by far holds the biggest state economy in the country and contributes 13% to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, but it also has a deficit of more than $26 billion.
State Senator Lou Correa says that if legalized within California, it could generate up to $1.4 billion in the next 10 years and create up towards 1,300 jobs for California citizens, a state that now has an unemployment rate of about 11.7%, which is about 3% higher than the national average.
The news regarding legal intrastate online poker in California is being well-received by the online poker community, especially by many online poker pros, who have claimed that they will move to California because they cannot otherwise play in their own home state. This will in turn generate more tax rev for the state. A similar bill was recently introduced in the state of Massachusetts, which if passed would allow a certain number of Internet poker sites to operate legally within the state.