James Guill

California Assemblyman Isadore Hall is moving forward with plans for an information meeting online poker. Marco Valerio of Agentmarco.com tweeted the following late Monday night:

Hall first hinted about this informational hearing back in February at the iGaming Legislative Symposium in Sacramento. He was also reported as being optimistic on the chances of online poker being legalized in 2014 despite it being an election year.

Two bills are currently up for consideration in the California legislature. The first, SB 1366, is essentially a refiling of SB 678 from 2013. Card clubs and tribal casinos would offer online poker only under this bill with licenses good for 10 years.

The other bill, AB 2291, is essentially the Pechanga Bill and would require that online poker remain California-only. The state would also be forced to opt-out of federal legislation. Licensees are required to have five years of experience in the state and all licensed sites would go online January 1, 2015.

Besides a date and time, no other information has been revealed as of the time of this writing. We will keep you updates as additional information is released.