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GAMBLING ACROSS CAL: A SIGNATURE PROJECT

Nov 10, 2001 10:46 PM

Las Vegas style gambling all over California could be 670,000 valid signatures away from becoming possible.

Craig Marlar, a spokesman for an organization known as "The DeVille Group," said backers have committed $2 million to collect more than one million signatures.

As a constitutional amendment, the initiative needs more than 670,000 valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 2002 ballot.

The initiative would abolish the California Gambling Control Commission, the attorney general's Division of Gambling Control, the California Horse Racing Board and the State Athletic Commission. It would substitute a new regulatory system modeled after the one in Nevada.