The prospect of online poker legislation making progress in California has once again hit a snag, with rumors abounding that the two Internet poker bills currently before legislators will land in the muck again this year.
If that sounds to many like a broken record, it is. Repeated attempts at online poker regulations in the Golden State continue to fail. Once again, the culprit is apparently the state’s powerful Indian tribes who refuse to allow racetracks to be included in the plan.
The legislative session expires on September 6 and that will reportedly not be enough time to advance either SB 51 or SB 678. The proposals of Sen. Roderick Wright and Sen. Lou Correa, respectively, appear to be dead in the water, Card Player reported..
Tribal gaming concerns in the state have made efforts to find common ground among themselves. Eight of California’s main tribes drafted their own online poker proposal in May. The following month, a tribal conference was held at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula.
While the tribes may be slowly uniting, it has not helped relations with the state’s other gaming interests, specifically the racetracks. Insisting that horse racing interests not be included in the state’s online poker scheme continues to impede any progress.
More than 38 million people reside in California, making it the most populous state in the nation. Other states drool at the possibility of partnering with the Golden State in an interstate Internet poker plan. But that may never happen as long as proposed bills repeatedly fail to advance in the legislature.