California’s online poker bill amended six days before hearing

Sponsor of AB 2863 Adam Gray will chair the committee next week

AB 2863, the online poker bill proposed by Californian Assemblyman Adam Gray, was amended last Wednesday just six days before its hearing date on April 27th with the hope that this latest version will finally get the state’s bid to bring back the virtual felt moving.

Classified as an “urgent measure”, the hearing next week will take place in Sacramento’s Assembly Committee on Governmental Organisation.  Aforementioned Assemblyman Gray, the bill’s sponsor, is chair of the committee.

Back in April last year, an earlier version of Assembly Bill 2863 became the first online poker bill in history to advance in California’s legislature, but failed to make a further impression through the rest of 2015.

This year’s legislation was introduced back in February and, according to the state’s legislative website, the following additions are being put forward:

“The bill would become operative when criteria are established by statute addressing involvement in Internet betting prior to the state’s authorization of Internet poker pursuant to its provisions. The act that added this subparagraph shall not become operative until criteria are established by statute to address involvement in Internet betting prior to the state’s authorization of Internet poker pursuant to this chapter.”

Tribal fears over a return to the state for PokerStars, a brand their decision makers have never shown much enthusiasm towards, may prove pivotal in working against Gray’s bill

Concern was ignited after the brand’s trouble with the federal government during the mess of Black Friday, and is now being compiled by its former CEO’s charges of insider trading.

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