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LUNGREN'S BILL PROHIBITING OFFSHORE GAMBLING SIGNED TODAY BY GOV. WILSON

 LUNGREN'S BILL PROHIBITING OFFSHORE GAMBLING
 SIGNED TODAY BY GOV. WILSON
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Legislation proposed by Attorney General Dan Lungren which would bolster state law prohibiting gambling activity on U.S.- and foreign-flagged vessels operating off the state coast was signed into law today by Gov. Pete Wilson, the Attorney General's office announced today.
 "The Legislature and Governor have acted in the best interests of California law enforcement by approving this measure which reinforces and buttresses our long-standing prohibition against floating casinos within or without the jurisdiction of the state," said Lungren.
 "The prospect of new and unregulated gambling off our shores required immediate action to remove any possibility that the past problems and criminal dangers associated with casino-style gambling will re-visit themselves upon California. I am pleased that my proposal was passed with bipartisan support, and that Gov. Wilson has signed this important measure to protect California from potentially serious criminal activity," stated Lungren.
 The bill, AB 3769 (Conroy), was sponsored by Lungren following enactment of a new federal law in March which allows unregulated casino- style cruise ship gambling from vessels departing from and returning to the state where those states do not have existing laws to prohibit such gambling activity. However, the federal law delegates to the states the authority to prohibit offshore gambling. Without state legislation, the ships are allowed under the new federal law to conduct gambling on cruises between two points in a state or on so-called "voyages to nowhere," where the ship leaves from and returns to the same port on such gambling cruises.
 Earlier this year, Lungren urged President Bush to veto the federal proposal, citing concerns that the cruises would open the door to criminal activity often associated with unregulated gambling, such as extortion, loan sharking, money laundering, prostitution, bribery and corruption.
 After the president signed the measure, the attorney general asked the Legislature to pass his bill to strengthen existing state law banning offshore gambling cruises. In the meantime, several California ship operators had made plans to run offshore gambling cruises in the event California fails to strengthen its own state law prohibition against the activity.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Puglia of the Office of the Attorney General, 916-324-5500/ CO: California Office of the Attorney General ST: California IN: LEI SU:


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