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The AB 431 shell bill approved by the Appropriations Committee - California

The AB 431, a shell bill crafted to establish a regulatory framework that will rule California’s intrastate online poker industry _has recently received approval from the State Assembly’s Appropriations Committee. Poker Players Alliance Vice-President “Rich Muny” published the news on Twitter, stating that the vote was unanimous. A coalition of supporters, including Morongo and San Manuel tribal nations congratulated the Appropriations Committee decision. It is actually a positive step forwards. The said coalition now shows optimism regarding the industry’s regulation from which the Golden State will certainly draw considerable revenues. Despite all this, there is still a certain dose of uncertainty questioning the authenticity of the vote. In fact, the committe has 17 members, including 12 Democrats and 5 Republicans. Since 5 other members were reported missing, the 12-0 online poker bill approval can be considered as authentically conceivable.



Despite a fierce opposition led by Pechanga, Agua Caliente and Barona tribal nations, the Appropriations Committee passed the AB 431 shell bill. As a reminder, those tribal nations are part of the coalition protesting against the abovementioned law proposal. They suggested that some technical details about AB 431 should be subject to discussion and negotiation between stakeholders. Pending the verdict of additional hearings with regard to the bill, AB 431will be temporarily shelved. It is worth noting that the shell bill needs to be approved by the State’s full Assembly body before it gets passed into law.

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