Online Poker Bill in California Passes Another Vote

California-PokerCalifornia online poker bill AB 431, a shell bill calling for the generalized creation of a regulatory framework to govern intrastate online poker in the Golden State, was passed forward from the California State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee for later consideration by the state’s full Assembly body.

The exact vote count for the moving of AB 431 from the Appropriations Committee has yet to be published.  Poker Players Alliance Vice President Rich Muny issued a Tweet stating that the vote was unanimous.  However, California-based Gambling Compliance writer Chris Krafcik posted a countering Tweet minutes later, stating that GOP members of the Appropriations Committee had chosen not to vote on the bill.

Given that the committee includes 17 members — 12 Democratic, five Republican — something on the order of 12-0 in favor with five abstentions or “NVR” (No Vote Recorded) tallies is likely close to the official count.

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