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California Politician Introduces Second Online Poker Bill
California might just be the tipping point for online poker in America and the state is one step closer to legal poker after a new poker bill was introduced by assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer this week.
Jones-Sawyer’s new bill, called the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015, included language that would make it easier for companies like PokerStars to re-enter the U.S. market.
The proposed legislation would also allow race tracks to take part in online poker, which is an important factor in California.
The PokerStars coalition in California has already released a statement that applauds the new Jones-Sawyer bill.
Second New Poker Bill in Last Three Months
It’s actually the second proposed bill for online poker in the state as Mike Gatto introduced a different bill late last year that would be more favorable to tribes in the state.
Gatto’s original bill required in-person registration for poker players but he’s already planning on amending that restriction out of the legislation.
The bills may not be at odds with each other as Gatto has since implied he’d be willing to work together with Jones-Sawyer to create one bill.
Online poker is already legal in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware but the population of California easily dwarves those markets.