California Proposition 48 Looks to Veto Gaming Compact

By John Mehaffey

A tribal gaming compact is on the November ballot in California. It involves the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe. Opponents look to veto an agreement that was approved by the California Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown through a referred statewide referendum. The land that is the [...]

Online Poker Not Important to Most California Senate Candidates

By John Mehaffey

CaliforniaOnlinePoker ran an article last week with comments from California State Senate candidates. We found contact information for 35 of the 40 candidates. Only two responded. There could be several reasons for this. Candidates may be busy with the last month of campaigning. They may also feel that the topic is not one that is [...]

Two California Senate Candidates’ Online Poker Regulation Position

By John Mehaffey

California Online Poker emailed all California Senate candidates with contact information listed on their campaign websites on October 3, 2014.  We were able to contact 35 of the 40 candidates through email.  Two returned our request for their position on California online poker regulation.  Below are the responses in their entirety. Senator Andy Vidak is [...]

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    AB 2291 Online Poker Bill

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    SB 1366 Online Poker Bill

    Introduced by Lou Correa, the bill is more detailed but very closely related bill to AB 2291. This bill would allow potential state compacts although forbids cash transactions. is your source for news and information on California legislation that would legalize online poker for California residents.

In February 2014, two online poker bills were announced.  SB 1366 would allow online poker only.  It includes a bad actor clause that would forbid any company from operating in the state if it took action from U.S. players after December 31, 2006.   AB 2291 is a similar bill.  One difference is that the bad actor clause was left open for future debate.

These bills have not received a committee hearing or any specific discussion.  On April 23, 2014, the California Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization held a hearing to discuss online poker.  Topics included the history of online poker in the U.S., testimony from executives involved in the regulated industry, as well as views from tribal and commercial gaming companies.

The hearing appeared to be a positive for the online poker industry.  One opponent of gambling in general was cut off from his speech.  Andy Abboud, VP of Government Affairs for Las Vegas Sands, had his company’s motives questioned by the committee.  All members of the committee that spoke appeared to be educated about the online poker industry.

Five bills in the past had been introduced but failed to pass in the California Legislature.  Those bills were the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2013, SB 51, SB 678, 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.

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