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State of California November 2, 2004 Election
Proposition 70
Tribal Gaming Compacts. Exclusive Gaming Rights. Contributions to State
State of California

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

2,759,558 / 23.7% Yes votes ...... 8,868,324 / 76.3% 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 |

Upon tribe's request, should the Governor be required to execute a 99-year compact? Tribes contribute percentage of net gaming income to state funds, in exchange for expanded, exclusive tribal casino gaming.

Summary Prepared by Attorney General:
  • Upon request by federally-recognized Indian tribe, Governor must execute renewable 99-year gaming compact.
  • Grants exclusive tribal gaming rights; no limits on number of machines, facilities, types of games on Indian land.
  • Tribes contribute percentage of net gaming income, based on prevailing state corporate tax rate, to state fund.
  • Contributions cease if non-tribal casino-type gaming is permitted.
  • Contributions are in lieu of any other fees, taxes, levies.
  • Requires off-reservation impact assessments, public notice/comment opportunities before significant expansion or construction of gaming facilities.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Unknown effect on payments to the state from Indian tribes. The potential increase or decrease in these payments could be in the tens of millions to over a hundred million dollars annually.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Tribes entering a new or amended tribal-state gambling compact would make payments to the state based on their gambling income. These compacts would last 99 years and place no limits on the types or number of casino games.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Tribes would continue to be subject to existing tribalstate gambling compacts, which require various types of payments to the state. Existing compacts will last up to 26 more years and place some limits on the types and number of casino games.

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Arguments Submitted

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 70:
Proposition 70 will provide billions of dollars to the State and will restrict tribal gambling to Indian reservations. Both the taxpayers and Indians win: Tribes pay the same amount as every other business pays in state income taxes; in return, they can operate their casinos. That's only fair!

Full Text of Argument In Favor

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 70:
PROPOSITION 70 IS A BAD DEAL FOR CALIFORNIA. Governor Schwarzenegger's negotiated agreements with Indian gaming tribes guarantee they pay their fair share and respect California laws. Proposition 70 effectively destroys these agreements. Join Governor Schwarzenegger, law enforcement, labor, environmental groups, and seniors in voting NO on Proposition 70.

Full Text of Argument Against

Contact FOR Proposition 70:
Gene Raper
Citizens for a Fair Share of Indian Gaming Revenues
P.O. Box 1863
Sacramento, CA 95812

Contact AGAINST Proposition 70:
No on Propositions 68 and 70-Governor Schwarzenegger's Committee for Fair Share Gaming Agreements
1415 L Street, Suite 1245
Sacramento, CA 95814

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