The state of California is getting ready for the legalization of sports betting after Senator Roderick Wright’s SB 190 Sports Betting Bill received unanimous backing at the Senate Governmental Organization Committee by a bum-spanking vote of 11-0.
“The idea is we want to get this statue in place so that should the federal law make a change, or should New Jersey be successful, we’d be ready to go,” Wright was quoted as saying during the hearing.
The federal law that the Chicago born senator is alluding to is the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), which currently prohibits 46-states from offering legal sports betting with only Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon free to do as they choose.
Four could soon be five, as the state of New Jersey is locked in a legal battle with the NCAA, NFL and the other big boys of the sporting world in an attempt to bring legalized sports betting to the Garden State. New Jersey recently became only the third state to legalize online poker games like texas holdem behind Nevada and Delaware.
Wright confirmed that the state of California has already sent two resolutions to the federal government requesting a rethink over PASPA; and also believes that it’s only a matter of time before the government opens a window to allow states to opt-in and provide a sports betting offering for those who want it.
But before Californians start sharpening up their pencils, and pulling out their betting slips, they must remember that Wright’s SB1390 Sports Betting Bill also passed the full Senate by a vote of 32-2, this time last year, only to see the State Assembly kick sand into the bills face after not even bringing the measure to the floor for a vote.