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California Lawmaker Introduces Online Gambling Bill

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The state of California is usually way out ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to liberal viewpoints and law changes. For years, state lawmakers have talked about the possibility of regulating online gambling, and now another gaming bill has been introduced.

Senator Harry Reid has been discussing possible federal law changes for Internet gambling this past week, and that talk has legislators in several states moving quickly to get out ahead of the curve. California Senator Louis Correa introduced legislation this week that would regulate online poker.

Correa joins a growing list of lawmakers around the country that want online gambling regulations on the state level. New Jersey senators have already passed online gambling legislation, and the Washington D.C. Council approved an Internet gambling measure on Tuesday.

Reid's federal bill would give the advantage to established casinos, many of which are located in Nevada and New Jersey. Opposition to Reid's legislation believe he is simply paying back the gaming companies that supported his re-election in Nevada this past year.

Correa's proposal would authorize and regulate online poker for state tribes and others. The state would obviously tax a tax cut from the revenue generated, and California would also set the rules and regulations regarding the gambling activity. Lawmakers have proposed online gambling legislation for several sessions in a row in California, but as of yet no proposal has passed.

The state of California is highly reliant on gambling compacts that have been signed with Indian tribes, and last session some of the tribes threatened to withhold payments from their casinos if the Internet gambling bill passed. The threat was strong enough to scare some legislators away and vote against the proposal.

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