Amendments Made to California Gaming Bill


06/11/2012
By Maria McCoyGoogle

Online casino games legislation continues to evolve in California. The initial bill, SB 1463, was created to establish a framework for the legalization of intrastate Internet gambling. The two sponsors of the bill, Senators Steinberg and Wright, have now amended the bill ahead of an upcoming Senate committee meeting in mid-June.

Previously, the bill proposed that top rated online casinos apply to the California Gaming Commission for a 10-year license to operate an intrastate Internet gambling site with casino games online for registered players within California.

Amendments to the legislation now state that the best online casinos will be able to apply for license for five years instead of ten.

The bill now calls for the Bureau of State Audits, at least 4 years instead of the previously stated 2 years, after the issue date of any license by the state, to issue a report to the California Legislature detailing implementation.

The legislation also included amendments related to Indian tribes within the state, stating, “Nothing in this chapter prohibits any federally recognized Indian tribe within California with a tribal-state gaming compact with the state pursuant to IGRA from participating in intrastate Internet gambling pursuant to these provisions subject to the jurisdiction of the state.”

The bill goes on to specifically state, “that only poker shall be offered for play on an intrastate Internet gambling Web site pursuant to this chapter.  Only games approved by the department for play on an intrastate Internet gambling Web site shall be offered for play on an intrastate Internet gambling Web site pursuant to this chapter.”


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