California Wants Sports Betting

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California State Senator Rod Wright introduced a bill in the state's legislature earlier this week that would legalize in state sports betting at Indian casinos, racetracks and card rooms.

Wright's bill, SB1390 would effectively challenge the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which effectively outlaws sports betting in all states except for Nevada, Montana, Delaware, and Oregon.

The bill made its way through the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on Tuesday, a committee which Senator Wright chairs. Speaking to his committee, Wright said: "Californians spend multiple billions of dollars going to places (jurisdictions) where this is legal."

If the law passes through to Governor Jerry Brown's desk to be signed into law, he will have to determine if there are any constitutional issues that would make sports betting legal within the Golden State.