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Tribal coalition criticizes California online poker bill

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:03

A Native American tribal coalition leaded by Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has disapproved a new online poker bill issued in the US state of California.

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The online poker bill AB 167 has been introduced in the state in January by Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer.

According to the bill, all licensed operators would need to undergo a verification similar to other licensed districts. What's more, all players must be the residents of California and be at leat 21 years old.

Nevertheless, the bill lacks a so-called "bad-actor" clause due to which the duty of determining the suitability of operators to offer online poker in California remains in the hands of the state's own regulatory body.

Due to that fact, the tribal coalition has contacted Jones-Sawyer and key members of the California legislature to show its opposition to the bill.

“The Tribal Governments shown on this letter write to advise you of our united opposition to your Assembly Bill 167 and any legislation that would expand the scope of gaming in California to grant internet poker licences to horse racing associations or which would ease regulatory standards to accommodate actors whose past behaviour and tainted brands and assets would erode the integrity of intrastate internet poker under consideration,” the letter to California legislature said.

“The citizens of California deserve protection from bad actors. The language proposed in AB 167 is not sufficient to protect the integrity of the California market.

“As proposed, AB 167 provides no such protection, and instead would reward those gaming corporations that acted inconsistent with federal law and the letter of California law by authorising them to use the fruits of their illegal conduct to obtain a license in California.

“It bears emphasis that the tribes working with you on AB 167 were ALL formally and publicly in favour of the inclusion of a bad actor clause in internet poker legislation until they entered into a business relationship with one of those presumed violators, and its successor corporation.

“Respectfully, we urge you not to pursue AB 167, or any similar measure, which, for the reasons referenced above, is in our view fatally flawed.”

 

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Source: iGaming Business
Date: March 17, 2015
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