California sports betting 2.0? Mystery ballot initiative proposals filed, although tribes cry foul

California sports betting 2.0? Mystery ballot initiative proposals filed, although tribes cry foul

Article brief provided by Legal Sports Report
  • Mike Mazzeo, Legal Sports Report
October 29, 2023 3:34 PM

Requests for two proposed California sports betting ballot initiatives were filed Friday to the Attorney General’s office, seemingly without the blessing of state tribes.

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The initiatives would give tribes exclusivity in offering online and in-person California sports betting, as well as certain casino games. Ryan Tyler Walz and Reeve Collins are listed as proponents.

“These acts are designed to protect CA tribes and CA taxpayers who are seeing their dollars go to offshore unregulated gaming sites,” Collins told LSR Saturday.

However, the proposals already face staunch opposition from major California tribes.

The CA sports betting ballot initiatives are on a time crunch to qualify for the Nov. 5, 2024 election. Petitioners will not have the usual 180 days to gather signatures