Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/17/08)

articles:
Cali. Intrastate Online Poker Room Bill Moves Forward (CardPlayer, 04/17/08 – CA)

Debating South Carolina Gambling Law (WCIV, 04/16/08 – SC)

More poker players plead to misdemeanors (The Post and Courier, 04/16/08 – SC)

City plans to ease cost of social gaming (Wilsonville Spokesmsn, 04/17/08 – OR)

Poker: Lawmakers’ efforts could benefit players, banks (San Antonio Express-News, 04/16/08)

media:
Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) (PocketFives, 04/17/08)

excerpts:
Cali. Intrastate Online Poker Room Bill Moves Forward (CardPlayer, 04/17/08 – CA)
“A bill that would authorize the study of intrastate online poker in California moved forward yesterday when the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee (AGOC) unanimously sent the bill forward to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 2026 calls for the California Gambling Control Commission and the Department of Justice to perform a study on authorizing intrastate online poker in California. If passed, the study is to be presented to California Legislature by June 30, 2009.”


Debating South Carolina Gambling Law (WCIV, 04/16/08 – SC)
“South Carolina law makers are taking about gambling laws, while it was another day in court for those accused of illegal gambling. More than two dozen men appeared in Hanahan municipal court Wednesday morning. About half pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and were fined. In all 65 have been charged on 191 counts after a Charleston county raid 2 weeks ago. “What happened in Hanahan is what we don’t want to happen, that is the type of game we want shut down,” said Rep. Wallace Scarborough.”

More poker players plead to misdemeanors (The Post and Courier, 04/16/08)
“About two dozen poker players accused of illegal gambling appeared in Hanahan Municipal Court Wednesday morning and about half pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, though the fate of thousands of dollars in seized assets is likely to remain in the air for some time. For those who pleaded guilty, Judge Victor Revelise imposed a $257 fine for the charge of unlawful games and betting. Others received a continuance that postpones their court dates for another two weeks. Others await jury trials.”

City plans to ease cost of social gaming (Wilsonville Spokesmsn, 04/17/08)
“Not all gambling is gambling under the law. Some gambling is considered “social gaming” — legal gambling, if it adheres to certain regulations. First, the game must take place in a private residence; second, it cannot include house odds, a house player or house bank; and lastly, the house cannot make money on the game.”

Poker: Lawmakers’ efforts could benefit players, banks (San Antonio Express-News, 04/16/08)
“There is a law in place in San Antonio and many other cities throughout the country that prohibits the playing of loud bass music in a motor vehicle. You know, that thumping tremor-producing sound from a high-dollar stereo that rattles windows and can be heard and felt blocks away from the source. The law has good intentions as a means to keep the peace, but it’s missing a key ingredient for a law — it’s unenforceable. I have yet to ever see or hear of a person given a ticket for excessive bass.”

media:
Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) (PocketFives, 04/17/08)
“US Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) joins us to talk about The Skill Game Protection Act.”

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