Sports betting bill passes in California

Apr 25, 2013 |
It looks like Californians are getting closer to having legalized sports betting in their state.

Senate Bill 190 passed the Senate Governmental Committee Tuesday with no votes against, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.

The Bill was put together in February by Sen. Roderick Wright, D-Inglewood, and is his second attempt in two years to pass sports betting legislation.

If the bill becomes law, bettors must be 21 years old and wagers must be made in person and with cash, not on the phone or over the Internet.

What the bill won't allow is betting on California-based college teams, or college events played in the state, like the Rose Bowl and other bowl games in the state or NCAA basketball tournament games.

A date has not been set for a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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