Friday, December 1, 2023

California Lawmakers Lengthen Cardroom Moratorium

California’s fractured gaming business pursuits got here collectively this week in a uncommon second of unity with lawmakers prolonged a 25-year moratorium on the constructing of latest cardrooms. AB341, which sailed by way of the Sacramento statehouse had the assist of each California Indian tribes and their greatest rivals, cardroom operators, in a really uncommon present of unity.

Beneath the phrases of AB341, the California cardroom scene is fastened at its present degree and no new cardrooms might be allowed within the state. This extends a ban that’s been in place since California handed its Playing Management Act again in 1997.

Whereas the constructing of latest cardrooms is banned, which is one thing Tribal gaming pursuits like, the invoice additionally permits for restricted enlargement of current cardrooms, which is one thing cardroom operators like. As a result of AB341 really provided one thing for everybody, it sailed by way of the California statehouse on a 68-1 vote within the Meeting and a 32-0 within the State Senate.

In a press release reported on by the San Bernardino Solar Morongo Tribal Chairman Charles Martin mentioned, “The overwhelming assist for AB 341 by state legislators, tribes and cardrooms aligns with the desire of California voters who’ve persistently stood with Indian tribes in assist of gaming on federally-recognized tribal lands whereas opposing overexpansion of gaming throughout the state.”

On the cardroom aspect, Keith Sharp, president of the California Cardroom Alliance, expressed his pleasure on the matter saying, “This new regulation will present smaller cardrooms and their communities the chance to develop over time and create new jobs and native financial advantages with out oversaturating the gaming market,”

Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB341 into regulation this week.

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