Californian Online Poker
Californian Online Poker Bill Will Not be Introduced this Session!
It appears that the US state of California will not manage to implement a new intrastate online poker legislation bill during the current legislative session. The current session ends on August 31st but politicians think it’s not possible to draft a new bill by that time.
This week the president of the Californian Senate Darrell Steinberg commented that an online poker legalization bill cannot be adopted during the next three weeks due to the sharp differences in opinion regarding this subject.
He however commented that this does not mean that the legislation process will be abandoned. Senator Darrell Steinberg explained that the process will be resumed with the beginning of the new legislative session. This however will considerably delay this process, maybe even on to 2013.
At this moment it appears that the biggest opponents of the online gambling legislation process are the Native American tribal groups that believe that legalized online poker would hurt their land-casino businesses.
Senator Darrell Steinberg also commented that since early 2012 he has been actively working on finding a compromise that will be accepted by the tribal groups, land-based casinos, horse racing tracks and other politicians. This however achieved limited success.
The biggest problem according to Steinberg is that the Native American groups are also divided among themselves. Some are supporting the online poker legalization process; others only wish to see a very tightly regulated policy while others completely oppose this idea.
The Native American group that is at this moment supporting the online poker legalization movement headed by Darrell Steinberg is the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians that is running a land-based casino in California.
Council member of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians Steven Stallings commented that he is working on an alternative version of a bill that he intends to present fellow Native American tribes. Steven Stallings believes that a bill can still be adopted by the end of this session but other politicians are less optimistic.
Another group that is against the online poker legalization movement headed by Darrell Steinberg is – very surprisingly – the Californian Online Poker Association. Due to pressure from Native American groups, the Association commented that it would only support a bill that would protect the interests of Native American tribes.
Written by: Petter