Exciting Amendments Proposed to Address Tribal Concerns and Regulatory Issues in CaliforniaCrucial changes are on the horizon in California, aimed at addressing the concerns of tribal communities and streamlining regulations. These key modifications seek to promote inclusivity and boost revenue-sharing among the diverse tribal groups in the state.
One of the pivotal alterations involves increasing the revenue share for limited and non-gaming tribes, aiming to rectify imbalances and create a more unified approach among stakeholders.Under the finalized proposal, the percentage of operator revenue allocated to the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund (RSTF) will be raised to 25%, replacing the previous 10% allocation for homelessness and mental health funding.
To further accommodate tribal casinos, there will be a limit on in-person sign-up requirements for online sports betting accounts during the first two years. Mobile sign-ups will be allowed within a 10-mile radius of tribal casinos. Another noteworthy change is the introduction of a five-year sunset period for promotional credits, starting at 15% and gradually decreasing to zero. Additionally, the start date for California online sports betting has been pushed to no earlier than July 1, 2025.
In response to feedback from tribal leaders, provisions deemed problematic have been removed from the originally amended proposal. This demonstrates a commitment to addressing and accommodating the specific needs and concerns of the tribes.
The California Indian Gaming Association (CNGIA) voiced its opposition to two sports betting proposals, citing concerns over the handling of initiatives and emphasizing the importance of tribal expertise. The state will consider these criticisms when producing fiscal estimates and the attorney general will provide a title and summary in early January.
If successful, this initiative will amend the state constitution, allowing sports betting on professional, collegiate, and select amateur sports. Tribal compacts with the state will also include sports betting. Furthermore, the initiative will legalize craps and roulette at tribal casinos.