California Lawmakers to Continue Efforts to Put Sports Betting on the Ballot

The lawmakers of California are continuing their efforts to take up the sports betting regulations over the ballot. This is surprising given that the Native American state tribes’ are wishing to catalog their own private amendment.

The chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, Bill Dodd, informed Legal Sports Report that he, along with Adam Gray, his counterpart in the Assembly, is to progress with hearings of the holdings to file ACA 16.

The Senate Governmental council oversees the gaming. The ordinance is a constitutional modification that will enable sports betting through the country’s most inhabited state. Dodd ascertained that the initial hearing of sports betting on ACA 16 is set tentatively on January 15th in Sacramento. Dodd also expects multiple hearings for the final approval of the Bill framework by the legislature in June.

For onboarding, ACA 16 requires approval from at least 2/3rd of the legislative chamber members a minimum of 180 days before the elections in November. Dodd agreed on the impossibility of legislative initiative passing the two chambers and also of winning the ballot in the absence of state tribes’ support.

When you get FanDuel, DraftKings, sports leagues and other interest parties merging together, do they have enough money to run an initiative or support one? We’ll have to see,

said Dodd.

Also, more than half of the betting revenues in New Jersey are covered under mobile betting. Hence Dodd considers its participation in sports betting, and it’s regulating as a mandatory prop for success.

I think if we don’t include mobile, then sports betting will remain in the shadows in the state of California. Part of our goal is to take it out of the shadows, tax it for the benefit of public schools and make sure problem gamblers get the help they need,

said Dodd.

Dodd had planned to conduct the initial ACA 16 hearing on November 20th in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. California’s 18 primary gaming tribes from India placed their own initiative of the ballot, modifying the legislation to authorize betting at gaming casinos and racetracks of India two days before the hearing was first planned to happen.

Dod said,

Frankly, I didn’t expect it, but it really wasn’t a surprise. They obviously have firm beliefs on what they see should be happening in this area, and that’s their right. But I represent all the people in the state of California, not just the tribes. And I think our approach to this should be more holistic.

He also added,

This is just about the tribes and not about anyone else. It didn’t deal with online wagering; it didn’t take care of any of the short-term or long-term problems in the gambling industry except ones facing the tribes. I’m not mad about it. I work in Sacramento and special interests are everywhere.

He also agreed to the fact that pre-planned discussion on sports betting with the tribes didn’t turn out well. This was due to tribes’ wishes about eliminating the cardrooms.

When you look at all gaming interests in California – FanDuel, DraftKings, sports teams, cardrooms … and all these things – so many people were left out of this initiative. We’ve got to consider them as well as the racetracks and tribes,

said Dodd.

He insisted that eliminating cardrooms that are present in urban locations would restrict sports betting revenue of the state. Dodd also expressed his interest in seeing all stakeholders of gaming as well as the tribes participating in the hearing.

Dodd also isn’t keen on holding joint hearings of the committee around areas of the state anymore. He wants all hearings to happen in  Sacramento. He insists on filling the bill with detailing of the languages and Californian sports betting handling specifics by March.

Maxine Klingensmith

Maxine holds a bachelor degree in journalism, and she has worked as a freelance writer with foremost publications. Recently, Maxine has joined our team as a news editor. As she is passionate for casino and gambling industry, she conventionally contributes the latest news and reviews for casinos.

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