A coalition of card rooms and Native American Tribes want to regulate and tax online poker. They say they've proven themselves to be responsible gaming operators - and the state would attract much-needed revenue.
But many other tribes feel a bill before the legislature right now would create an unfair advantage for the bill's supporters. They want the measure delayed until next year to give the two sides time to work out a compromise.
With an informational hearing on internet poker set for this Wednesday, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is stepping in. He's releasing a letter that says online gaming legislation won't move forward before the September 9th end-of-session deadline. Instead, he wants to craft a compromise by early next year. Steinberg writes: "There is time to get this right, and it is imperative that we do so."