Will New California Governor Endorse Online Poker?

Published Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - Online-Casinos.com

In January of 2010 almost a year ago the newspapers in the State of California were already looking forward to the end of the age of Arnold. Reporters were beginning to ask which of the candidates were most likely to support legalizing online gambling. Most gambling groups in the state were apparently supporting Jerry Brown, who already served as the state’s governor from 1975 to 1983 and, since that pre-dates the state’s 1990 two-term limits, he became eligible to run again.
Dan Morain wrote in the Sacramento Bee a year ago, Brown is thought to be generally supportive of the gambling industry. “The Brown family and gambling have a rich history,” Morain continues. “One of Brown's grandfathers owned card rooms in San Francisco's Tenderloin and employed Jerry's father, Pat Brown, who preceded Brown as governor.”
Well as we all know now Jerry Brown has been elected as the governor of California and has yet to make any comment on the future of online poker or gambling in the State.
In a pre-election interview Mr. Brown was asked about his views on Internet gambling and he said, he doubted Internet gambling could be stopped. Given that reality, he said there ought to be a way for the state to collect some money from it. The Native tribes in California invested in Brown by contributing almost $1 million to his election campaign.

Recently the California Online Poker Association and the lobby group Poker Voters of America introduced bills which would establish regulatory frameworks for online poker within the State, as enabled under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act 2006. These propositions are scheduled to be considered by California legislators during the current legislative session.
Poker Voters of America president Melanie Brenner commented while congratulating Patrick Dorinson, former spokesman for the California Online Poker Association as a new member, the California initiative is “the only realistic path to US legalization and regulation now that efforts to pass both the Frank and Reid internet gaming bills have failed on the Federal level.” 

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