California Assemblyman Ready to Move on Sports Betting

California Assemblyman Ready to Move on Sports Betting

May 16, 2018 10:29 AM


Just like the state of New Jersey, California Assemblyman Adam Gray has been watching and waiting. And on Monday, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey in Murphy v NCAA, Gray pounced.

“The decision by the Supreme Court affirms that the choice to legalize sports wagering is one for the states to make for themselves,” Gray said in a statement released Monday. “The ball is in our court. The voters of California will now have to make the decision whether or not to authorize sports wagering.”

Gray introduced a Constitutional Amendment, ACA 18, in July 2017. The amendment would allow sports betting in California and allow the state assembly to pass laws with regard to regulations and implementation. Should the amendment pass, California voters would vote on the amendment in the November election. The state currently has myriad tribal casinos, card rooms, and live horse-racing tracks, all of which are licensed for gambling and would likely be able to offer sports betting should the voters make it legal.

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