July 7, 2022
California Federation of Republican Women
Janet Price, President
Submitted by the CFRW Legislative Analyst Committee
Karen Contreras, Gretchen Cox, Elaine Freeman,
Theresa Speake, and Cheryl Sullivan
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As of June 30, the deadline for ballot measures to qualify, a total of seven (7) will be on the November 2022 ballot. These include SCA-10 passed through the legislature in record time after the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs Wade plus six others. The citizen initiatives include sports betting legalization on tribal lands, K-12 art and music education funding, dialysis clinic requirements, mobile sports betting, income tax to fund zero-emission vehicle projects, and a flavored tobacco products ban.
California Legalize Sports Betting on American Indian Lands
This ballot measure ( Prop. 27) would legalize sports betting at American Indian gaming casinos and licensed racetracks in California. The ballot measure would define sports betting as wagering on the results of professional, college, or amateur sport and athletic events, with the exception of high school sports, and events featuring a California college team. Individuals would need to be 21 years of age to engage in legal sports betting.
The measure would enact a tax of 10 percent on profits derived from sports betting at racetracks. The state government would be required to distribute the revenue as follows: (a) 15% to the California Department of Health for researching, developing, and implementing programs for problem gambling prevention and mental health and providing grants to local governments to address problem gambling and mental health; (b) 15% to the Bureau of Gambling Control for enforcing and implementing sports wagering and other forms of gaming within the state and (c) 70% to the general fund for the State. The ballot measure would also legalize roulette and dice games, such as craps, at tribal casinos; however, tribal-state compacts would need to be amended before these games can be offered.
The Coalition to Authorize Regulated Sports Wagering is leading the campaign in support. The coalition is supported by several American Indian tribes including the top donors to the campaign – The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The campaign has raised $30.58 million.
Taxpayers Against Special Interest Monopolies is leading the campaign against the proposal. The campaign, along with a terminated PAC No on the Gambling Power Grab, raised $25.54 million. The top donors to the opposition were gambling-related companies, including the California Commerce Club, Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Park Wet Casinos, The Bicycle Hotel & Casino, PT Gaming LLC, and Knighted Ventures LLC.
As of April 15, 2022, sports betting was legal, or laws to legalize had been approved, in 30 states and D.C. Five of the states – New Jersey, Arkansas, Colorado, Maryland and South Dakota legalized sports betting through a ballot measure.
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