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California Online Poker Bill Pulled From Assembly Floor, Possible Vote Moved To Thursday

Lawmakers Still Working On Provisions In Bill

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Lawmakers in California’s Assembly might vote on the state’s online poker bill on Thursday, after the legislation was pulled from the floor on Monday, according to a report from The Desert Sun.

The bill still has some resistance from some groups in the politically powerful tribal gaming industry. They want online gambling companies who facilitated games for Californians prior to online poker becoming explicitly legal to be excluded or have to pay a higher entry fee. Other parts of the state’s gambling industry, like the racetracks and card rooms, support the bill in its current version.

Even if it passes the Assembly, the legislation might have a hard time navigating thru the Senate. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León recently told the The Los Angeles Times that he’s in no hurry to authorize card games on the Internet.

Though the state has looked at regulating online poker for about a decade, the legislation has never reached a full Assembly vote, so there has been material progress made this year.

If it makes it to the Senate and has success there, it would need the governor’s signature.