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State of California November 2, 2004 Election
Proposition 68
Non-Tribal Commercial Gambling Expansion. Tribal Gaming Compact Amendments. Revenues, Tax Exemptions
State of California

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

1,894,183 / 16.2% Yes votes ...... 9,788,161 / 83.8% No votes

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Results as of Dec 6 4:02pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24035/24035)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should tribal compact amendments be authorized? Unless tribes accept, should casino gaming be authorized for sixteen non-tribal establishments? Percentage of gaming revenues fund government services.

Summary Prepared by Attorney General:
  • Authorizes Governor to negotiate tribal compact amendments requiring that Indian tribes pay 25% of slot machine/gaming device revenues to government fund, comply with multiple state laws, and accept state court jurisdiction.
  • If compacted tribes don't unanimously accept required amendments within 90 days, or if determined unlawful, authorizes sixteen specified non-tribal racetracks and gambling establishments to operate 30,000 slot machines/gaming devices, paying 33% of net revenues to fund government public safety, regulatory, social programs.
  • Provides exemption from specified state/local tax increases.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Increased gambling revenues--potentially over $1 billion annually--primarily to local governments for additional specified services. Depending on outcome of tribal negotiations, potential loss of state revenues totaling hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Slot machines would be authorized at 16 specific racetracks and card rooms, unless all Indian tribes with existing tribal-state gambling compacts agree to certain terms within 90 days. Under either scenario, local governments throughout the state would receive new gambling revenues, to be used primarily for additional child protective, police, and firefighting services.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Slot machines would not be authorized at racetracks and card rooms. Indian tribes would continue to be subject to current tribal-state gambling compacts. Local governments would not receive new gambling revenues.

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Arguments Submitted

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 68:
Proposition 68 means California's immensely profitable Indian Casinos should pay their fair share to support local services. Indian Casinos choose to make a 25% contribution and live by the same regulations that affect us all or the state will authorize limited competition with an even bigger return to communities.

Full Text of Argument In Favor

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 68:
Beware: Their "fair share" claim is a scam. 68 lets its FUNDERS--RACETRACKS and CARD CLUBS--operate LAS VEGAS-SIZED CASINOS throughout California--NEAR FREEWAYS and 200 SCHOOLS. MORE TRAFFIC. MORE CRIME. ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE TO INDIANS. Governor Schwarzenegger, fire- fighters, sheriffs, police, tribes, taxpayers, labor, educators say: NO on 68!"

Full Text of Argument Against

Contact FOR Proposition 68:
Sheriff Lee Baca and Sheriff Lou Blanas
A Fair Share for California
1717 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact AGAINST Proposition 68:
No on 68: Californians Against the Deceptive Gambling Proposition
11300 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 840
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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