Online Poker Supporters Get Major Boost in California
The ongoing debate over legalizing online poker in the state of California has taken a step forward for the supporters of such legislation. Sponsored by Assembly member Adam Gray the Assembly Government Organization Committee (GO) has voted unanimously in favor of advancing AB 431.
The efforts to push for legislation in California that would allow the likes of PokerStars and Indian tribes to offer legal online poker has been hindered by infighting and disagreements with interested parties. The latest development is significant as it is the first time that a potential law has been passed on to move on in the legislative process.
The big winners here are the Amaya Coalition who represent the likes of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker as well as tribal organizations. California could well become one of the most lucrative online poker regions in the U.S. and beyond given the size of its economy. A spokesman for the Amya Coalition expressed their delight at the developments and said,” Today’s passage of AB 431 (Gray) out of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee represents a milestone for authorizing online poker in California. While this is just the first step in what will be a long process, it’s still important. Never before has an online poker bill had anything more than an informational hearing, much less been voted upon and passed out of committee.”
The spokesman was optimistic as 2015 has proved productive for efforts aimed at legalizing online poker in California. He said,” So far, 2015 is different. Hard lines and tough talk have morphed into open minds and dialogue. The vote today underscores the momentum building to help ensure that California finally passes iPoker legislation.”