CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS GAMBLING BILL

August 15, 2001 7:36 PM
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California Gov. Gray Davis, in a surprise reversal of position, signed legislation allowing Californians to bet on horse races over the Internet and telephone.

Davis said he changed his mind due to a federal law last December that allowed for Internet gambling.

The bill, which takes effect Jan. 1, is a victory for racetracks facing declines in revenues. Labor groups will also be able to unionize backstretch workers and regulate housing and workplace conditions.