|The Internet gambling ban for California AB1229, authored by Dario Frommer, D-Los Angeles was shelved by a senate committee on Tuesday for additional study.|
The action was taken after the Senate Governmental Organisation Committee decided that question marks still remained over the issues of the bills scope and enforcement and whether or not Indian Gaming should be excluded from such a ban.
Dario Frommer, who described the bill as a “measured response to growing gambling epidemic” was unhappy with the decision saying that the only beneficiaries of the bans failure would be “Las Vegas’ biggest casinos, a well connected Indian tribe, and hundreds of unscrupulous online gambling sites.”
Frommer went on to say “The losers are average Californians who are literally a mouse click away from losing their life savings (or) homes to shady online casinos.”
The Coyote Valley Band Of Pomo Indians representative Barbara Risling offered her stance on Indian online gaming “We want to keep our options open,” she said after the hearing.” We’re not saying that we want to (offer online gaming)…But we don’t want to have our hands tied for the future.”