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Play now! Poker Bill SB 40 was announced in California on December 6th by California Senator Lou Correa (Democrat). With the support of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the san Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Correa has done so on behalf of the California Online Poker Association.  The two Bands of Mission Indians are large gaming providers in the state.  The senator’s bill would allow the California Gambling Control Commission to offer licenses for online poker, in the state of California.

COPA  is the California  Association, and any of the California tribes that offer gaming are able to join.  In addition, other tribes that join would get to share in the revenue generated. The state of California is trying to push this bill with haste, as they want to be ahead of any federal legislation, particularly the initiative of Harry Reid.  COPA is in fact very much against the Reid initiative, it may sound bizarre, but there is good reason.  COPA recently came out saying they disagree with Reid due to the hundreds of thousands of dollars Reid is receiving in campaign donations he received from the Nevada gaming interests.  COPA doesn't want to take the donation route as the state of California is so very much in debt at the moment.  Any revenues accumulated by the gaming industry should remain in the states economy, not in the hands of the government, or worse off shore.

But don't worry about state monopolies, even though the bill is being supported and driven by COPA and their gaming tribes, senator Correa’s bill does not grant an exclusive license which would have created a state monopoly.  California, and New Jersey feel it is important for their states to pass online poker legislation, before any law is put in place at the federal level, that would stifle their efforts and intentions.

Another Cali Senator, Rod Wright (Democrat), was going to re-introduce his online poker legislation from May, on December 9th. Previously titled SB 1485, the new version will be called, SB 45, and calls for the state of California to offer three 5-year gaming licenses to offer online poker in California. There is no information if any of the gaming tribes are also pushing for this bill, but more details will become available once Senator Wright presents his bill.


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