CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY VOTES TO BAN ONLINE GAMING

May 31, 2001 8:31 PM
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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.