Online Gaming Bill Proposed in California

04/06/2012
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

Senators Rod Wright and Darrell Steinberg proposed Online Gaming Bill 1463 this past weekend in California. Currently, the Gambling Control Act provides for the regulations of all gaming activity and licensing in the state.

 

Passage of the bill would mean that online casino games companies would be eligible to apply for a ten year license to operate an intrastate internet gaming website to registered players within California.  At this time, the bill is only applicable to the operation of online poker. Companies who make any other games available would be violating the terms of the bill and could face penalties from the state.  

 

Those who wish to procure a license will be required to pay an application fee that would then be deposited into the Internet Gambling Licensing Fund. This fee stands to be “continuously appropriated to the department for the reasonably anticipated costs of investigating the applicant.”  The proceeds of the Internet Gambling Licensing Fund would be applicable towards the actual costs of license oversight, consumer protection, state regulation, problem gambling programs, and other purposes related to this bill.

 

Additionally, the bill will require each operator to pay a $30,000,000 nonrefundable license fee for deposit in the General Fund. This fee would be credited against monthly fees imposed on the licensee’s gross gaming revenue.

 

The Bureau of State Audits would be tasked with reviewing activity related to the bill and asked to subsequently report to the Legislature on the implementation of the bill. This would be scheduled to occur two years after the issuance of any license by the state and cannot exceed three years beyond that time.  

 

The Constitution of California requires the state to provide reimbursement to local agencies for certain costs mandated by the state, however, this bill would not fall under that category.

 

 

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