10:00 PM PDT on Monday, August 22, 2011

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

PDF: Postponement requested for online gambling legislation in California

SACRAMENTO – The Senate will not consider any online gambling legislation until 2012, the upper house’s top Democrat said Monday, in a setback to two Inland Southern California tribes that have spent the year pushing one of the proposals.

In a letter to representatives of tribes, card rooms, horse tracks, online poker groups and others that have spent months trying to work out a deal, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said “significant, unresolved issues” make it “unwise” to put any online gambling bills up for a vote before the legislative year ends Sept. 9.

Barring “unforeseen circumstances,” however, Steinberg said he fully expects there will be a vote on internet gaming legislation in January.

“This is the first year of a two-year session,” Steinberg said. “There is time to get this right, and it is imperative that we do so.”

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Banning and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians near San Bernardino are the dominant members of the California Online Poker Association, which also includes several card clubs.

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