California Adds Its Voice For Legal Sports Betting

Published Friday, July 21, 2017 -
California Adds Its Voice For Legal Sports Betting

The old saying that the squeaky wheel gets the grease comes to mind when mentioning the smoldering issue of legal sports betting in the USA. The contention remains that the situation for US jurisdictions and the ability to offer wagering on sporting events legally is unfair and it needs an adjustment from the federal government authorities.

There have been attempts in court to alter the standing law that prohibits sports betting in all the states except four, Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana. The newest delegation to call for a removal of the ban on sports betting in America is California which is echoing the efforts of New Jersey to have the rules changed. New Jersey has been battling in court over the issue for some time now and the US Supreme Court will hear an appeal to legalise sports betting.

Assembly member Adam C. Gray, chair of California’s Assembly Governmental Organisation Committee, has tabled a constitutional amendment to authorise sports wagering in California, if the federal government agrees. Gray said in a statement, the ACA 18 amendment in California now adds its voice with Connecticut and Mississippi which have also introduced bills allowing their jurisdictions to offer sports betting legally.

Gray commented,  “Whether we like it or not, Californians are already betting on sports through illegal and often unscrupulous websites in foreign countries.It is time to bring this multibillion dollar industry out of the shadows.

“We need to crack down on illegal and unregulated online gaming and replace it with a safe and responsible option, which includes safeguards against compulsive and underage gambling, money laundering, and fraud.”  “All other gaming activities in California are subject to regulations that ensure the safety of consumers; sports wagering should be treated no differently.”

If the Supreme Court rules in favour of New Jersey’s online sports betting proposition, other states will be able to gain revenue from this proven lucrative source.


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