California’s Potential Online Gaming Regulation
From California, state Sen. Rod Wright withdrew his bill to authorize and regulate Internet poker in the state in late June due to lack of support from card clubs and casinos California Indian voters U.S. Poker has gone to try to revive the legislation.
The organization has proposed an amendment to the bill that would establish a mitigation fund to allocate up to $ 100,000 annually for five years for each land-Indian casino, card club and racetrack may face competition from online poker.
Another proposed amendment would increase the number of licensed operators allowed by the legislation of three to five, which would lead to greater competition for the benefit of the players.
Melanie Brenner, executive director of Poker Voters of America, hopes that the amendments are sufficient to achieve the interests of California, gambling on the same page to push for legislation this year.
“We’re not giving this year,” said Brenner. “We still want to try to move this year if possible, so we are looking for ways to include this in a play budget. We are one of the bills of disposable income a few. It is a remote possibility, but I still think there is the opportunity to be part of that mix. ”
Part of the pitch done by Brenner to California businesses and representatives is that the state must act quickly to establish a network of poker in the state to federal lawmakers to create a national framework.
This has led some to wonder if the Poker Voters of America was looking for the interest of poker players. A federal system of online poker, obviously, would be better for the players in a more restrictive interstate system.
“There is no federal bill,” said Brenner. “We’ve been waiting many years for a federal bill. If the federal bill comes, great. One of the reasons why it came into existence, we have seen no movement at the federal level and I see no movement at the federal level soon. We had to get somewhere. This is an alternative to creating a regulated system within the U.S. ”
Despite the progress made this year by Barney Frank to get his bill approved by the Committee on Financial Services, the federal Internet poker licensed and regulated may still be further than the players expect. Bill Frank is still very far from achieving a positive vote by the full House, and the internet poker legislation has not made any progress in the Senate. The November elections could also throw a wrench into the mix.
The level of state can be quicker and easier to maneuver through. It’s smart to play the levels of government against each other. That is politics. emerging federal legislation puts pressure on states like California to make his move to the state tax credit. If states, especially those with the number of poker players from California, passed a law on online poker would put pressure on Congress to ensure that the federal government is not lost in potential revenue.
“(Poker Players Alliance Executive Director) John Pappas would say the best thing that happened is what we are doing in the state, because it exerts pressure on the federal government to do something,” said Brenner.
The question is whether California a regulated system within the state would be better for the players in the state that the current unregulated environment. That depends on the final legislation. So far, it is in the air.
“We never talked about restricting play,” said Brenner. “If anyone in California wanted to play on a site off the coast, there is no restriction on doing so. But we firmly believe that not enough players in the state of an interstate system is beneficial. The size of the operators to run would these centers will create an environment people will want to play, and have the protection of consumers who do not have sites on the coast. We believe that people are going to play who have not played before, and played in a regulated system. ”
If voters Poker U.S. does not succeed in the long-shot effort to get online poker in the budget will probably have to find a new sponsor for the project forward. Last month, a county grand jury in Los Angeles opened a serious charge of eight counts accuse Wright of filing a false declaration of candidacy electoral fraud, and perjury. California law requires that a candidate for state legislative office to reside in the district that seeks to represent, and argues that Wright lived in Baldwin Hills instead of the Inglewood district he represents.
“We have much work to educate legislators and several have expressed interest in being a sponsor for next year,” said Brennen.
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