Sunday May 1,2016 : SENIOR CALIFORNIA SENATOR OPPOSED TO REGULATED INTRASTATE POKER
But Sen. Dianne Feinstein's attempt to derail committee vote on Assembly Bill 2863 was not successful.
California's senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, reportedly voiced her opposition to the latest online poker legalization attempt in California – Assembly Bill 2863 – prior to its consideration by the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee last week.
In a letter to the Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon, and the president of the Senate, Kevin de Leon, the 83-year-old Democratic Party Senator emphasised her strong opposition to the bill and went on to list the general but unsubstantiated perils of online poker in a memo that looked very much as if it had come from the repetitive pens of writers at Sheldon Adelson's Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling.
The tone and content of the correspondence, much of which has been repeatedly, factually and scientifically refuted, had a familiar ring.
That's hardly surprising, given Feinstein's well-documented political and personal support for both the CSIG and Adelson's other pet project, the Restoration of America's Wire Act.
Her attempt to derail AB 2863 failed spectacularly however; the months of work that proposer Adam Gray devoted to creating a workable consensus among a diversity of interested parties paid off when the bill was advanced on an overwhelming 18 vs. 0 vote by the committee.
AB 2863 is still not a done deal, with important areas still to be agreed and fleshed out but it will clearly take more than dated misinformation from the CSIG and Feinstein to kill it off.