Gaming Legal News - August 24, 2011 • Volume 4, Number 26

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INTERNET GAMING LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:

The California Assembly is back in session for the next several weeks, but Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has just announced that there will be no action on any of the various Internet bills prior to adjournment on September 9. This development follows a vigorous legislative effort during 2011, featuring competing Senate bills (SB 45, the Wright bill, and SB 40, the Correa bill). Television advertising supporting SB 40 appeared on Sacramento stations last week...

MEANWHILE, THE CALIFORNIA CONFUSION CONTINUES…. by Dennis J. Whittlesey

As discussed in the foregoing Internet Gaming Legislative Update article, the Internet gaming proposals in California are dead for the year.

In his August 22 letter announcing that the issue would be shelved until 2012, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) stated, “significant, unresolved issues remain, including tribal exclusivity and waiver of sovereign immunity, the types of games that would be authorized, who would be eligible to apply for gaming site licenses and potential federal constitutional questions.” And this closed the latest chapter in California’s search for new gaming revenues through intrastate Internet gaming....

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