Almost all major California tribes agree on online poker bills
Almost all California tribes have given their consent for the proposed legislation that would make online poker legal in the in the country's largest and most populous state.
Thirteen influential tribal leaders have confirmed their approval for the online poker bills, which have been authored by state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), respectively.
In the letter to the authors of the bills, the tribal leaders wrote that the challenges posed by the Internet demanded that they should harness rather than surrender to the new the technology.
The leaders added, "In achieving consensus for Internet poker, we reaffirm our commitment to the longstanding principle of limited gaming that has guided California's public policy toward gaming."
However a Riverside County tribe, called Morongo Band of Mission Indians, didn't agree on online poker bills. Morongo Band leads an online poker alliance that includes several poker industry giants, such as PokerStars.
It said it would vigorously oppose the bill because it would be in the interest of a select few, and not in the best interests of consumers or the state.
Correa's Senate Bill 1366 and Reginald's Assembly Bill 2291 both would need two-thirds votes to pass.
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