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What is Prop 27? Proposition could change face of sports betting in California

Prop 27 requires tribes and gambling companies to make certain payments to the state for specific purposes, such as to address homelessness
Proposition 27 would have amended California’s constitution to allow for sports wagering (Getty Images)
Proposition 27 would have amended California’s constitution to allow for sports wagering (Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA: "No" votes for Propositions 26 and 27 are leading ahead of final results on Tuesday. Both the propositions would amend California’s constitution to allow for sports wagering, and one of the major differences between the two is how the bets would be placed.

Prop 26 would allow for in-person sports wagering at tribal casinos and four California racetracks. This would notably include those at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. It would also introduce dice games like roulette at casinos. More than 50 California tribes backed Prop 26, including San Diego County’s Barona Band of Mission Indians and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.


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"People betting will have to show their identification," said Kathy Fairbanks, spokesperson for the Yes on 26, No on 27 campaign, according to KPBS. "Someone will check their IDs and make sure that they are adults, and following the law."

What is Prop 27?

According to the Legislative Analyst's Office, "Proposition 27 allows tribes or gambling companies to offer online sports betting. It requires these tribes and gambling companies to make certain payments to the state for specific purposes—such as to support state regulatory costs and to address homelessness. The proposition also creates a new online sports betting regulatory unit. Finally, it provides new ways to reduce illegal online sports betting."

A "yes" vote supports legalizing online and mobile sports betting for people who are 27 years of age or older, "establishing regulations for the mobile sports betting industry, imposing a 10% tax on sports betting revenues and licensing fees, and allocating tax revenue to an account for homelessness programs and an account for tribes not operating sports betting," according to Ballotpedia. On the other hand, a "no" vote simply opposes this ballot initiative and continues to prohibit sports betting in California.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Proposition 27 campaign said on Tueday night, "Our coalition knew that passing Prop 27 would be an uphill climb, and we remain committed to California. Dozens of states and countless local governments are benefitting from the significant tax revenue that online sports betting provides, and as California faces tax revenue declines and uncertain economic headwinds, online sports betting can provide substantial solutions to fill future budget gaps." At the time of writing this article, 16.1% of the votes that is 741,123 were polled under yes to Prop 27. A whopping 83.9 % translating to 3,870,658 votes were polled against it.

Social media has been blasting those who voted against Prop 27. "Whoever voted NO on Prop 27. The whole state of California hates you," one user wrote on Twitter. "If you vote no on prop 27 you’re a fuc**** authoritarian loser and I genuinely hate you," wrote another. One user said, "How the F*** can you vote no on prop 27?!!? It will bring in money to California instead of betting on offshore sites like people already do anyways".




"Just saw the latest results for Prop 27. A third of the precincts have reported in so far, and 84% voted NO. You gotta be shi***** me. Do Californians not realize they're leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue on the table? WTF are they so afraid of? Let us bet!" one user said, while another wrote, "Everyone that votes no on prop 27 just sucks at gambling and don’t care about the homeless!" "If you vote no on prop 27 and 26 you are control freaks. People have websites that are offshore gaining from gamblers. Why not tax it. Dummies," said one user.




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