California May Be Next to Legalize Online Poker

August 26, 2013

A newly amended legislation is set to legalize online poker in California. It is also poised to only allow licenses to existing card clubs and native American tribes that already offer California gambling. The amendments were presented by state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana and they come just three weeks to the end of the legislative year.

The original gambling bill was introduced by the chairman of the state committee, Sen. Rod Wright, D-Los Angeles. This bill stalled in 2012. Wright has not released any word regarding the latest legislation.

There has not been any word from the sponsors of the Correa bill for months. However, speculators state that the measures taken would be a vehicle for an earlier online poker proposal. The proposals were made by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians near San Bernardino, as well as the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Banning. It may also be as a result of a merger of proposals by the two tribes.

The bill does not have any mention of the cost of the licenses. It also does not specify the amount of poker revenue that the licenses would be expected to share with the state.

There have been other tribes that have come up with their own online poker proposals too. These include the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in the Coachella Valley, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians near Temecula, and the California Tribal Business Alliance.

Previous online poker legislations have been undercut by differences amongst the politically powerful gambling tribes in the state. At the beginning of the month, the Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg stated that there was little chance for the bill being enacted before the September 13 adjournment.


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