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Volume 26 No. 207
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California Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Legalize Sports Betting

California lawmakers have "proposed a ballot measure that would legalize sports betting in the state," according to Patrick McGreevy of the L.A. TIMES. Voters would be "given a chance to change the state constitution" as soon as the November '20 ballot. Tribal groups, which are "influential in the Legislature, have previously opposed new gambling enterprises they believe infringe on their exclusive gaming compacts with the state." State Sen. Bill Dodd "acknowledged that work needs to be done to gain consensus," as the proposal "drew a chilly response" from the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, which represents many tribal casinos. The proposed bill "lacks details of how and where sports betting would be allowed and what cut of the money would be taken by the state" (L.A. TIMES, 6/28). State Assemblyman Adam Gray said that that he has "visited with several of the state's professional sports franchises" -- including the NBA Kings, Clippers and Rams -- and "believes that momentum is building as more states enter the bookmaking business." ESPN.com's David Purdum noted the bill "would require a two-thirds majority vote in the state legislature before being placed on the ballot" (ESPN.com, 6/27).