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California State Senator plans to legalize intra-state online poker

Written By: Maya Michaels | February 28, 2013 | Posted In Poker News

Jose Luis Correa, California State Senator, came out with a law that would see the western state legalize intra-state online poker and set up a regulatory platform for the licensing of iGaming operators by the California Gambling Control Commission.

Referred to as Senate Bill 678, the suggested measure, which happens to be the second awaiting piece of the law regarding online poker in California after the introduction of Senate Bill 51 from fellow Democrat California State Senator Roderick Wright this past year.

The proposition from the Los Angeles representative would place a chapter into Division Eight of the governing Business and Professions Code and will be regarded in committee prior to getting to California where it will be necessary to get a greater part of the votes.

The introduction of Senate Bill 678 reads, “The Gambling Control Act provides for the licensure of certain individuals and establishments that conduct controlled games as defined and for the regulation of these gambling activities by the California Gambling Control Commission,”

“The Department of Justice has related investigatory and enforcement duties under the act. Any violation of these provisions is punishable as a misdemeanour as specified.

“This bill would authorise the operation of Internet poker websites within the borders of this state. The bill would require the Commission to establish a regulatory framework for the licensure of eligible entities and the operation of Internet poker websites within the borders of the state.”

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