California may crack down on Net gambling

A bill making Internet gambling a crime both for Californians and for online companies targeting them has been approved by the state assembly.

The bill, sent to the Senate by a 61-2 vote Wednesday, would make it illegal to offer over the Internet any games that are otherwise not legal in California, such as dice, blackjack and baccarat.

There has been “an explosion in Internet gambling,” mostly run by companies located in other countries, said the bill’s author, Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Los Angeles.

A Californian convicted of gambling online would be guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine of $25 per transaction for the first offense and $100 per transaction for later ones.

Internet companies convicted of offering prohibited Internet gambling to Californians would be guilty of a misdemeanor. The maximum penalty would be 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000 per transaction.

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