Referendum on sports betting in California

A referendum on sports betting in California could go before voters as early as November 2020 according to recent reports by LegalSportsReport. com and the Los Angeles Times. A group called Californians for Sports Betting is said to be attempting to change the state constitution to “authorized banking and percentage games including and not limited to sports wagering.”

Russell Lowery, who reportedly filed the preliminary paperwork with the state Attorney General, previously served as Chief of Staff for the California Senate Republican Caucus, He reportedly told the Los Angeles Times, “I think the biggest reason for this is consumer protection [because sports betting] is going on now. Because of the revenue the state could generate from legal activity plus the consumer protections that could be afforded the gambling public, it ought to be regulated.”