California Legislative Session to End without Considering Internet Gambling Bills

California Legislative Session to End without Considering Internet Gambling Bills

In February of this year, California State Senator Lou Correa introduced Senate Bill 678, which contains legislation proposing the authorization and regulation of Internet poker operations within the borders of California. In an attempt to have the bill acted upon before the 2013 legislative session winds up on September 06, Senator Correa recently added language to SB 678 that declares the proposed legislation as urgent.

In classifying the “Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2013” as urgent, SB 678 will only need the approval of at least two-thirds of the joint legislative bodies, instead of the previously required majority votes. Furthermore, a bill classified as such takes effect immediately, once ratified and approved for enactment by the state governor.

However, shortly after Senator Correa added the amendment language to the proposed bill, the Poker Players Alliance lobby group tweeted news that the current year’s legislative session will end without considering SB 678.

Actually, there is another online gambling bill awaiting action from the California Legislature. This is SB 51, which contains “The Internet Gambling Consumer Protection and Public-Private Partnership Act of 2013”. California State Senator Roderick Wright introduced this in December 2012 as an urgent matter for legislation, to which he expressed high hopes of seeing the bill taken up as early as January 2013.

Like Senator Correa’s SB 678, it is unlikely that the joint legislative bodies will act on Sen. Wright’s proposal to legalize and regulate Internet gambling in the State of California, before the 2013 session adjourns next month.