Several federal lawmakers are working to legalize online poker in the United States. The industry is gaining support from more politicians, but some critics still favor prohibition. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham recently introduced a new law that would ban online poker in the United States. All forms of online gambling were deemed illegal before December [...]
California Governor Jerry Brown announced two new appointees to the state’s Gambling Control Commission. Brown recommended that Tiffany Conklin and Lauren Hammond serve on the board. They will each receive an annual salary of $131,952 if they serve with the GCC. The Senate will need to approve both appointments. However, that appears to be a [...]
“We would rather not be here talking about online gaming,” said Mark Macarro from the Pechanga tribe during a panel at iGaming Symposium called Are We Ready?. From the tribes perspective, they’ve fought for years to carve out a political opportunity that would finally give them self reliance – anything to disrupt that is a [...]
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On December 19, 2012, California State Senator Wright introduced SB 51. This bill would regulate online poker within the borders of California. Online poker would be the only game legalized by this bill, other casino games would be excluded.
Two other online poker bills were proposed by tribal gaming interests in California in May 2013. One bill is SB 678, while the other is the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2013. These bills are also poker only proposals. They would also not allow California to enter into any interstate compacts. The state would be required to opt out of any future federal law that covers online gambling under these bills. California has a population of 38 million that would allow for the proper liquidity of intrastate online poker.
Three bills in the past had been introduced but failed to pass in the California Legislature. Those bills were SB 1463, SB 40 and SB 45. These bills would have legalized, regulated and taxed online poker in California.
California is currently struggling with massive debt and legalizing online poker would allow the state to potentially make more then 1 billion dollars over the next decade and create over 1,000 new jobs.