Orange County state Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) is better than a handful of aces, if you ask the California Gaming Association.
The group is praising Correa's proposed Senate Bill 40, which would legalize online poker in California and is opposed by–one guess–yes, greedy Nevada casino executives.
U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-The Bellagio) has been strenuously pushing a federal bill that favors Nevada casino companies over California Indian tribes.
The tribes are selling Correa's bill as a way to help lower the state's massive budget shortfall by creating a new government-revenue stream.
“I'm honored to have the support of the California Gaming Association behind SB 40,” said Correa in a prepared statement. “The growing support for this legislation shows that now is the time for California to engage by creating a legal and safe environment for our residents who play online poker while also generating new revenues and jobs for our state.”
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly