Talk about the Grinch who stole Christmas! Beth Johnson from The Hill recently reported that Congress might backdoor legislation that would outlaw online gambling. There's one scary rumor in Washington, D.C. that a Lame Duck Congress will do the unthinkable and pass RAWA. Will Republican Leadership do one last favor for their sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson, who is not shy about his positions on anti-online gambling, specifically online poker?
Online poker in California took a much-needed step forward when Adam Grey's AB 2863 online poker bill passed a vote 14-1 on the California Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill now heads to the Assembly floor for a vote (where it needs 2/3 to pass). However, last year's online poker bill also cleared the Appropriations Committee only to die on the shelf because the bill was never voted upon in Assembly. Will the Assembly vote on it this year? And if they do, will the vote pass? The future of online poker in California is still up in the air.
Online poker in California a pipe dream? Just when it seemed like attempts to legalize online poker would roll over and die for the 2016 legislative session, at the last second Assemblyman Adam Gray introduced AB 2863, which featured a guaranteed subsidy of $60 million to the cantankerous horse racing industry opposition. AB 2863 definitely marks a step in the right direction, but it's still a long road ahead if Californians want to play on legal, state-approved online poker rooms.
Quebec, the feisty French-speaking province who is always threatening to secede from Canada, is attempting to create their own state-run online gambling monopoly by outlawing online gambling operators. Is their blacklist a legit legislative ploy? Or will Canadian federal telecommunications laws take precedent?