Internet poker has once again failed to pass through the California legislature, as the most recent attempt could not settle the various interests between card rooms and Indian casino groups.
Originally introduced by State Senator Lou Correa, SB1366 was thought to have had a better chance of passing into law before the August 31st deadline that the state sees every year. Unfortunately, this new bill could not iron out the various interests and will have to be re-introduced next year.
There is one more opportunity to get online poker passed in the Golden State, as Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer's online poker bill remains. Unfortunately, it appears that bill is doomed as well, as the bill is stuck in committee.
Even with the dismal outlook for online poker, Senator Correa is adamant that online poker needs to get passed.
“Internet poker is an important public policy. We need to make sure it’s done right," Correa said.