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California Online Poker Bill Moves Out Of Committee

Full Assembly Vote Might Be In The Cards

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A bill in California to regulate real-money online poker sites moved out of a committee Wednesday and now awaits a possible vote by the full Golden State Assembly.

AB 2863, sponsored by Assemblymember Adam Gray, passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee. A similar bill made some progress last year but wasn’t taken up by the full Assembly.

This year’s legislation moved out of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee in April. That vote marked only the second time ever that a California online poker bill had been voted on.

The efforts to legalize online poker have stretched on for roughly a decade.

There were another round of amendments this month for the bill, which address “suitability” for licensure. Some tribes don’t want companies that facilitated games for Californians prior to the legislature’s approval of online poker to be involved in the state’s market.

At the hearing on Wednesday, lawmakers indicated that more work on the bill needs to be done. It’s still a long ways away from becoming law.

If it passes the Assembly, California’s Senate will then take a look at it.