IGamingNews has obtained a copy of a highly anticipated bill -- the California Online Poker Law Enforcement Compliance and Consumer Protection Act -- that would see online poker regulated on an intrastate basis in the Golden State.
The bill was submitted to the California Legislative Analyst earlier this year, and is likely to be amended should it pass through the Legislature.
In its current form, the bill instructs the California State Gambling Commission, in conjunction with the state Department of Justice, to draft and adopt regulations for the implementation of an online intrastate poker network.
Ensures that Internet poker is only offered for play in a manner that is lawful under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 5361 et seq. (UIGEA).
Limits licenses to current gaming establishments, licensed by California, as well as to California tribes with compacts
Mandates wagering hub -- or hubs -- be located within the state
Specifies only poker games already approved for play at land-based, licensed gambling establishments may be offered online
Recommends a gross receipts tax structure that mirrors the structure currently imposed on land-based card rooms in California
Requires each Internet Web site to have an individual, when opening an account, place a limitation on the amount of funds that may be transferred into that account within a 24-hour period
Requires that each Internet Web site provide for withdrawals from the wagering account only by check, made payable to the account holder and sent to the address of the accountholder, or by an electronic transfer to the same financial account from which the verified accountholder is authorized make deposits into a wagering account
To view a copy of the bill in full, click here.
More on this story as it develops.
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