A representative of Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer told PokerNewstoday that his bill to legalize online poker in California will not have enough time to pass this legislative session, which concludes at the end of the month, but that a new bill will be the first one introduced by the assemblyman for the next session in December.
Jones-Sawyer's announcement comes a day after the Los Angeles Timesreported that Sen. Lou Correa was shelving his online poker bill. Correa won't be returning next year because of term limits.
The main sticking points are the inclusion of a bad actors clause to stop companies, namely PokerStars, from participating that offered online poker in the state after passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006, and whether or not to allow horse racing tracks to take part. Most of the interested Indian tribes have been steadfast on having a bad actors clause and denying horse tracks throughout this year, but those positions may be softening, particularly after PokerStars' recent acquisition by Amaya Gaming.
Just because the online poker bills are dead for this session doesn't mean that negotiations on language won't continue. The bill introduced in December is intended to begin with changes already made that would make it more agreeable to all parties and amenable to passage.