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AB-431 Gambling: Internet poker.(2015-2016)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) In October 2006, the United States Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) (31 U.S.C. Secs. 5361 et seq.), which generally prohibits the use of banking instruments, including credit cards, checks, and fund transfers, for interstate Internet gambling.
(b) UIGEA essentially prohibits online gambling by United States citizens, but includes exceptions that permit individual states to create a regulatory framework to enable intrastate Internet gambling, if the bets or wagers are made exclusively within a single state under certain circumstances.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 5.2 (commencing with Section 19990.101) is added to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, to read:

CHAPTER  5.2. Authorized Intrastate Internet Poker
Article  1. General Provisions
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature that any Internet poker framework that may be adopted by the Legislature to authorize Internet poker in the state be developed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (31 U.S.C. Secs. 5361 et seq.).
(b) Any Internet poker framework shall contain consumer protections for Californians who seek to engage in a legal alternative to unlawful Internet poker, ensure a fair share of revenue for the state, and protect the public interest by ensuring that the various aspects of Internet poker are sanctioned and regulated by the state. The framework shall also provide mechanisms to address the negative impacts of Internet poker gambling and seek to provide economic benefits to California’s economy.
(c) A framework shall also include strict standards to ensure that the Internet poker games are fair, operated by qualified entities, and are played by persons of legal age who are located in California, using technologies to identify and restrict access by minors.