Californian Sports Betting
In July 2017, Assembly member Adam Gray introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow the state "to permit sports wagering only if a change in federal law occurs."
With the Supreme Court ruling that abolished PASPA in May 2018, sports betting became a hot topic in California, with the state's tribal casinos, racetracks and commercial casinos divided on the issue. The state constitution prohibits sports betting and would require a voter referendum to make the change.
In July 2018, a group called Californians for Sports Betting filed a sports betting initiative, but it would not qualify until the 2020 election. In 2020, a coalition of California tribes began the process of getting a referendum that would legalize in-person sports betting at California's tribal casinos and horse racetracks. The path was blocked by delays from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the signature deadline was extended, and the referendum was slated for the 2022 ballot. If approved by voters, retail sportsbooks would likely launch in 2022 or 2023.
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