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Online Poker Legalization Debated

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 9:55am

State lawmakers are debating the controversial question of legalizing online poker in California. Two competing bills were discussed at a legislative hearing Tuesday. Both would legalize and regulate online gaming and give California a cut of the profits. However, the two vary on the details.

Democratic Senator Lou Correa wrote one of the measures. He says the state has a lot to gain financially from online gaming. “As a state we cannot continue to make painful cutbacks to education, law enforcement health care and social services,” he said. “Not when there are more than 1.4 billion dollars in new state revenues at stake, as well as 1300 new California jobs.”

Correa says the one-point-four billion dollar figure would be over a ten year period. He hopes for progress on his bill in the next few months.

Some Indian gaming tribes support the idea. But others oppose the change, arguing that online poker hurts business at tribal casinos.

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