The California Assembly Wednesday approved a bill making it a crime to gamble or take bets online.
The bill, passed by an overwhelming 61-2 vote, specifically bans offering games over the Internet that are not legal in California, which takes in most house-banked, Nevada-style casino games.
Any state resident convicted of gambling online would be fined $25 per bet for a first offense and $100 per bet for subsequent transactions. The bill makes it a misdemeanor for Internet companies to take bets from Californians. The maximum penalty would be 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for every transaction.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.