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By Patrick McGreevy
January 27, 2014, 3:18 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — California officials would review the growing gambling industry in the state, looking at whether regulations promote job creation and examine the possibility of imposing new taxes on the activity, under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate.

Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 601, which would have a gaming policy advisory committee made up equally of gambling industry officials and the general public look at issues including whether current regulations impede economic growth.

The panel would also look at the effect of card club rules on state and local tax and fee revenue. Yee said there may be room for non-Indian gambling operations to help the state budget more.

“Despite the good news we’ve seen in budget projections, I think it’s always worth looking at new revenue sources for our state,” Yee said. The bill next goes to the state Assembly for consideration.

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