Aug 22 2011

California Internet Gambling Bills Won’t Move This Year

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Not really a shocker.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said today that he supports legalizing Internet gambling in California but does not want any legislative action on the issue this year, extending the big-money debate for at least another year.

Despite numerous hearings on the matter, Steinberg said in a letter to gambling interests and opponents, “significant, unresolved issues remain.” Disagreements include which games would be made legal and who would be eligible to operate the sites.

“We believe that well thought out, fair solutions to these differences can be reached, but not before the end of this legislative year on September 9th,” says the letter by Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Roderick Wright, the Inglewood Democrat who chairs the Senate’s Governmental Organization Committee that oversees gambling regulation.

California’s Indian tribes support online gambling but are split over bills that have so far been introduced. SB 40 by Sen. Lou Correa is sponsored by several card rooms and tribes, including the Morongo and San Manuel bands of Indians. Other tribes oppose the bill, saying it would exclude them from cashing in on the windfall that legal online gambling could bring.

So, this legislation will be “MILKED” by the Legislators for campaign contributions and will be considered next year.

Not a surprise at all.

Here is the letter:

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