In case you missed it, the LA Times wrote an Op-Ed tepidly endorsing internet gaming legislation on Tuesday. A proposed bill by State Senator Roderick Wright has faced a considerable amount of pressure from Indian Tribes, with the Times arguing, "It's not the State's duty to protect the tribes from competition or challenges to their business model, however. Nor does it make sense to subject some applicants for gambling licenses to less rigorous background checks than others. That just invites corruption. The tribes say that they've already been investigated in connection with gambling on their lands, but even if they have, that didn't cover online poker. Every applicant should face the same scrutiny."
The Times estimated that California residents currently spend $300 million per year playing online. And, with the state badly needing revenue, taxing the industry could be just what the doctor ordered.
Read the LA Times Op-Ed: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...2c126483.story
There's more than just money involved, a lot of people's lives have been ruined since bf and are on a downward spiral until it gets regulated. Some people have no other means of providing for themselves. Fuck the Indians. What's next, are we gonna let African Americans quit payin all taxes to make up for things hundreds of years ago also, i think that's only fair right?Edited By: bwalz Jun 20th, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Edit.. Sorry for the rant, I agree with the times and I'm glad they publicized some actual logic and I hope the decision makers see it. I just think its absolutely absurd what the US govt did and also how about half of Europe has regulated it since then and all our govt has done pretty much is have preliminary discussions with NV being the exception.