California lawmakers approve sports betting bill

May 30, 2012 |
California lawmakers are following in the footsteps of New Jersey and have approved a bill that would pave the way for sports betting in the Golden State.

The California Senate voted 32-2 (according to the L.A. Times) to approve SB 1390 Tuesday and send the bill to Assembly for approval. With New Jersey challenging the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, California is putting itself in position to offer sports betting at the state’s race tracks, card rooms and casinos – but only those that already hold gambling licenses.

Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) told the Times he expects the government to eventually change the law that allows sports betting in all but four states, including Nevada which is a short drive from the California border. 

Around $2.6 billion is bet on sports in Nevada each year and an estimated $1 billion could be generated by sports betting in New Jersey if Gov. Chris Christie is successful with his challenge of the PASPA. Christie announced New Jersey would be going forward with sports betting, in spite of the federal law last week.

Sen. Rob Wright says California will not move forward with its sports betting plans until the PASPA is overturned.

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