“It would take money out of the state. We said this should be a game for Californians, run by Californians,” that’s what Morongo spokesman Patrick Dorinson told the Desert Sun about the upcoming hearing about legalising online poker in California. The Morongo band of Mission Indians are apart of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN) and they are opposed to SB 1485 that could legalise and tax intrastate online poker.
The hearing has been set for June 29th but TASIN is convinced this is the right step for California. TASIN is composed of 11 federally recognised Indian tribes and though they are all for intrastate online poker, they are concerned that the structure of this bill, which includes offshore companies bidding for 3-5 year licenses to run online poker sites for California residents, would negatively affect the revenue coming into the state.
“We’ve always supported the concept of intrastate poker in California because of consumer protections, revenue to the state and the fact it would bring the game out of the shadows,” said Dorinson. “But we cannot support the bill in its present form.”