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California Online Poker Bills Are Dead

24 August 2011 by admin

californialocationmapNo bills regulating online poker will pass the California legislature in 2011, according to Senator Darrell Steinberg. The Senate’s president pro tempore said that the two bills under consideration will be tabled and will not be addressed until next year.

The current legislative session in California ends on September 9. According to Steinberg, there simply isn’t enough time between now and then for the two online poker bills to be debated and voted upon. For that reason, they will be tabled and then taken up again in the next session.

The two competing online poker bills were both introduced in the Senate, one by Senator Lou Correa and the other by Senator Roderick Wright. Steinberg doesn’t see that as a problem and believes that “well-thought-out, fair solutions to these differences can be reached.”

2012 will begin a two-year legislative session, which should give plenty of time for the two bills to be examined, debated and voted on. Steinberg says that “significant progress” has been made on establishing intrastate online gambling, but it is yet another setback for an industry that has seen several U.S. states propose legislation only to table it later. Only the regulation bill in Washington, D.C. was able to pass, but that has been marred by delays in its implementation.

There are many differences between the two bills, but the main one is that Wright’s bill would establish regulation for all forms of online gambling, while Correa’s bill would only regulate online poker. Also, Correa’s bill would only allow businesses and casinos located in the state to apply for online gambling licenses, while Wright’s bill does not have that restriction.

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