Will a bill to legalize online poker in California make it out of the Legislature during its final weeks of session?
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is willing to make this bet:
"Three-to-one odds that that bill has a 50 percent chance of passage," the Sacramento Democrat joked in a powwow with reporters earlier this week. "And I would bet the under."
Senate Bill 1463, by Democratic Sen. Rod Wright of Inglewood, would let Californians play poker on state-sanctioned sites.
The measure has been languishing in the Legislature.
Steinberg, in a more serious moment, said it's unlikely but still possible that the effort will bear fruit before the session ends Aug. 31.
All he's waiting for is the state's gambling factions to get on the same page.
The California Tribal Business Alliance, which opposes Wright's measure, sent the Legislature a letter Tuesday asking lawmakers not to rush a bill through before the session adjourns.
"I'm willing to help see it through if there's a bit little more of a consensus," Steinberg said. "We're going to probably give it one more shot in the next week or so to see if there's a way to break the logjam."
Legislation to require high school coaches to get training on concussions cleared its final hurdle this week in the Assembly, which voted 65-0 to move the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 1451, by Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi of Castro Valley, would require high school coaches to receive training every two years on recognizing the signs of concussions and responding appropriately.
"No surprise here: The Golden State produces the most Olympians."
GOV. JERRY BROWN, via Twitter, noting a Wall Street Journal article that analyzed Team USA's 128 members found that 23 percent of them hail from California
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