I apologize for the delay (ran into meeting as vote was ending and finally have a break now) but am pleased to report that AB 1437 passed in the California Assembly by a count of 62-1. A huge victory for DFS!
It has no direct bearing on legality, as that is seen as separate issue (and wording specifically noted that aspect); but, it certainly cannot hurt and likely eases pressure for opinion by AG. Next step is State Senate, but the fact it passed across party lines with only one lone Nay vote (Levine) is huge.
Despite Levine being very vocal regarding the gambling element, he said he supports letting the CA voters have their say and legalize it like they did horse racing, tribal casinos, etc. Thanks to what I think was an ill-timed radio ad campaign by FSTA highlighting Levine’s anti-DFS stance (in Bay Area), Levine also played the victim card and said he’s been “attacked” by the industry. He’s played that card before, highlighting only the really negative tweets he’s received from DFS players. Even so, none of his colleagues sided with him, so it was a huge win!
Big thanks to the DFS Player’s Alliance, as Assembly Member Gray who brought forth the bill mentioned their advocacy (and ours as players) as having an impact.
Once Legal Sports Report posts a story, I’ll link in case people want to read more.