Earlier this week, the state of California held a hearing to discuss aspects of gambling. The hearing was supposed to include legislation involving online poker but at the last minute, AB 167 was removed from the schedule. The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) is now calling for lawmakers to consider an online poker bill.
The hearing took place within the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee and saw the advancement of a different measure. This measure involved fantasy sports regulation. This area of gaming has taken particular interest in the United States, with several individual states considering regulation of the industry.
Steve Stallings is the President of the CNIGA. He stated that the regulation of fantasy sports is well-intended but the state needs to prove that they can deal with one online game, online poker, before moving on to others.
It has been several years that the state of California has been considering online poker legislation and regulation but without success. For now, the issue will be placed on the schedule for discussion during the Western Indian Gaming Conference of the CNIGA set for February.