California Online Poker Legalization Effort Appears To Be Dead Before It Even Begins In 2018 – OnlinePokerReport.com

For the first time in more than a decade, California will not be considering an online poker bill in 2018. However, online poker may be tied with sports betting for a 2019 push.

With Friday’s deadline for the filing of regular bills approaching, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer told Online Poker Report that, after a year of little progress with tribal gaming interests in the state, he will not be reintroducing his legislation to legalize and regulate online poker.

Jones-Sawyer first got involved with the issue in 2014 and had sponsored a bill each year since. This will be the first year since 2007 that California doesn’t consider online poker legislation.

The assemblyman is hoping that the US Supreme Court decision for Christie v. NCAA on the future of federal sports betting law will reignite the online poker bill next session.

“It is active because the Supreme Court ruling will make it more viable,” Jones-Sawyer said of online poker’s stagnation. “That’s what is happening now. We will get there, we just may go through a different door than the traditional one. Sports wagering raises all tides.”

More cooling needed in California

Although he reintroduced his bill (A 1677) in 2017, Jones-Sawyer laid out from the beginning that he had no intention to move the bill. He called it a year to heal after a heated conclusion to 2016.

Assembly Governmental Organization Committee chair Adam Gray grabbed hold of the bill that year with the intention of finally getting online poker regulation done. He made significant progress on key issues, but it all collapsed like a house of cards when he tried to push through resistance at the end of the session.

Jones-Sawyer indicated that he believes there was some progress made in mending hard feelings, and that Gray was brought in

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