The sports betting bill that has been discussed in the ‘Golden State’ has faced challenges from the powerful tribal groups that have opposed it. Two years after the Supreme Court ruled that a nationwide ban on sports betting was unconstitutional, more than a dozen states have joined the money train. On the November ballot in California, voters will be asked to approve sports betting.

It would bring in billions of dollars to the state, which is needed, as the state has been trying to cope with gripping natural disasters. There is quite a bit of activity this week surrounding sports betting, according to new reporting in the ‘Los Angeles Times’. A special advisory board made up of 18 different Indian Tribes formed last year. The board was formulated to wade through the complex issues of sports betting.  On Tuesday the board was given a green late by the state to start a petition or signatures. The signatures would get the initiative on the ballot in November.

The Way The Bill Is Worded Now It Still Creates A Lot Of Confusion

According to the structure of the proposed bill, sports betting would launch statewide in all Indian casinos, and race tracks. However not at other gambling places, like card clubs and there would be no online gambling. Mark Macarro, the Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians weighed in on the bill. He said, “the way the bill reads will restrict players under the age of 21. It will also keep sports betting at very experienced gaming locations, which is important for new endeavors.’ The Luiseno Indian tribes owns and operates a large casino in Temecula, California, which is 60 miles north of San Diego.

Macarro also revealed that the profits from sports betting would benefit mental health programs in the state and education and public safety. Other gaming interests in the state are saying not so fast.’ There are several card clubs in both Northern and Southern California, that would be completely shut out of the tribal supported bill.

A Dueling Sports Betting Bill Would Be Much More Inclusive Than The Tribal Endorsed One

The owners of the many card clubs in the state, say the tribal bill would lock everyone else out, and that isn’t fair.’ There is a second bill that is slated to appear on the November ballot, which would include all legal gambling establishments. Those businesses would be able to apply for sports betting licenses, and the second bill includes online sports betting, which is a huge issue.

The second bill apparently has the support of the California Legislators. It’s the second bill, that most legal experts in the state agree, will probably be the bill that actually passes in November. California voters have said yes to gambling in three different years, the lottery in 1984, tribal casinos and other commercial casinos in 1998 and 2000.