The bills encompass online poker, sports betting and daily fantasy sports.
US.- The legislature’s Government Oversight Committee of California state will hold a hearing on January 6th to considerate three bills proposing the intrastate legalisation of online poker, daily fantasy sports and sports betting.
The three bills under consideration are, Assembly Committee Chairman Adam Gray’s bill AB1437, titled the Internet Fantasy Sports Game Protection Act, another Gray bill, AB1441 regarding the intrastate licensing and regulation of sports betting and Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer’s AB167, which seeks to regulate and licence intrastate online poker.
The AB1437 survived a hearing in December and has faced little opposition from the tribes, the card rooms and the racetracks so far. The AB1441 addresses a thorny issue: the intrastate licensing and regulation of sports betting, which involves getting around the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA.) The act restricts this activity to only four US states. The AB167 anticipates heated debate as there are several interested parties including online companies, card rooms, racetracks and tribal. So far, consensus has been unachievable.