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California tribal leaders finally seem to have come to an agreement on the direction of legalizing online poker. The San Manuel tribe began drafting an online poker bill last March. They have received input from other tribes throughout California and they hope will be introduced in the Senate in the near future.

Representatives from nearly 20 tribes convened on the San Manuel Indian Reservation last week to discuss the legislation. Senator Lou Correa of Santa Ana has helped draft the bill and hopes to introduce it on behalf of the tribes soon.

SB 678 would only legalize online poker in California. The California Gambling Control Commission would be responsible for developing the regulatory framework that online gaming providers would need to abide by.

Carla Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the San Manuel tribe, best online casino said that the tribes are encouraged that they have all finally share a common goal on online poker legislation. Rodriguez said that even tribes that don’t operate casinos themselves have shared their insights to ensure the new legislation would be beneficial to tribes throughout the state. She said that they have been very open and cooperative with each other.

SB 678 includes some very strict provisions to protect players, gaming providers and other stakeholders. The bill stipulates that gaming providers must use trustworthy financial institutions to process payments and hold money for players. Gaming providers would need to adhere to all existing gaming regulations before they could receive a license to provide online poker. They would also need to meet additional qualifications, such as proving that they can establish the identities, ages and locations of all players who create accounts on their sites.

The bill states that both the state government and tribes will have certain responsibilities that they will need to adhere to. Chairman Bo Mazzetti of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians said that the tribes have always been committed to benefiting the rest of the state with their gambling services. They believe the new bill will be fair to California tribes, cardrooms, the state government and players throughout California.