Steve Ruddock CA online poker no go in 2015

After returning from its┬ásummer recess on August 17, the California State Legislature had until September 11 to put the finishing touches on any unpassed bills and get them to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, where they would hopefully be signed into law.

When the gavel hit at the end of the day on September 11, ending the 2015 legislative year, online poker was not among the bills the Governor would have to peruse.

So, for the eighth consecutive year, the California Legislature has concluded its business without passing an online poker bill.

Try and try again

California’s push for online poker dates back to 2008, and over the ensuing eight years numerous lawmakers (Lloyd Levine, Roderick Wright, Lou Correa, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Adam Gray, and Isadore Hall III) have taken on the challenge of trying to broker an agreement between the varied gaming interests in the most populous state in the country.

None have succeeded.

Considering the continued divide among the state’s tribal gaming interests over PokerStars and horse racing, and the growing divide between card rooms and tribes over the state’s ability to regulate the industry, it certainly feels like there is still a lot of work to be done before a compromise is reached.

As we prepare for 2016, California seems no closer to passing a bill than it has been at other points during its eight year iPoker journey.

Legislative history of online poker in California

2008: The California Gambling Control/Intrastate Online Poker Legalization Act (AB 2026) is introduced by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine.

2009: California Online Poker Law Enforcement Compliance and Consumer Protection Act (draft).

June 2010: The Internet Gambling Consumer Protection and Public-Private Partnership Act of 2010 (SB 1485) is introduced by Senator Roderick Wright.

December 2010: Internet Gambling Consumer Protection and Public-Private Partnership Act of 2011 (SB 45) is introduced by Senator Roderick Wright.

2011: Following Black Friday, the California Online Poker Association (COPA) is formed. The coalition of tribes makes one of the state’s most serious pushes for legalization of online poker. The coalition would last only a year before dissolving.

February 2012: Internet Gambling Consumer Protection and Public-Private Partnership Act of 2012 (SB 1463) is introduced by Senator Roderick Wright.

December 2012: Internet Gambling Consumer Protection and Public-Private Partnership Act of 2013 (SB 51) is introduced by Senator Roderick Wright.

February 2013: Authorization and Regulation of Internet Poker and Consumer Protection Act of 2013 (SB 678) is introduced by Senator Lou Correa.

February 2014: The Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2014 (SB 1366) is introduced by Senator Lou Correa.

February 2014: Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2014 (AB 2291) is introduced by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer.

December 2014: The Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015 (AB 9) is introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

January 2015: The Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015 (AB 167) is introduced by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer.

February 2015: An untitled shell bill (AB 431) is introduced by Assemblyman Adam Gray.

February 2015: An untitled shell bill (SB 278) is introduced by Senator Isadore Hall III.

April 24, 2015: AB 431 passes the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.

May 26, 2015: AB 431 passes the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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