California's bill that would regulate the online poker industry has been put on hold until 2009.

According to Jim Tabilo, president of the PVOA, a revised bill will be introduced early 2009 with a bi-partisan group of new co-authors in the Assembly and Senate.

If passed, the bill would allow existing state poker rooms to apply for licenses to run online poker sites for citizen’s of California only.

Titled the Gambling Control/California Intrastate Online Poker Act, A.B. 2026 was introduced in February and made it through several committees before stalling. The PVOA believes that it simply ran out of time this year and would not be able to make the necessary changes in order for the bill to pass, and it is pleased that online poker is now on the radar in California.

“A year ago, no one was even thinking about an intrastate online poker system. Since then, A.B. 2026 was approved by two Assembly committees, passed the full Assembly, was then approved by two Senate committees and went to the floor of the State Senate. Then we just ran out of time to make necessary changes,” Tabilo said.
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