• California Senate Constitutional Amendment
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jun 27, 2019
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by amending Section 19 of Article IV thereof, relating to gambling.


The California Constitution prohibits various gaming activities within the state, including casino-style gambling, but authorizes the Governor, subject to ratification by the Legislature, to negotiate and conclude compacts for the operation of slot machines and the conduct of lottery games and banking and percentage card games by federally recognized Indian tribes on Indian lands in California in accordance with federal law. The California Constitution also authorizes the Legislature to provide for the regulation of horse racing, charitable bingo games, the California State Lottery, and charitable raffles. This measure would authorize regulated and taxed sports wagering, including online or mobile sports wagering, operated by horse race tracks and federally recognized Indian tribes, as specified. This measure would also authorize the Governor to negotiate and conclude compacts for sports wagering and for all banking and percentage games by federally recognized Indian tribes on Indian lands in California, which would include dice and roulette games. Existing law, the Gambling Control Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of various legalized gambling activities and establishments by the California Gambling Control Commission and the investigation and enforcement of those activities and establishments by the Department of Justice. This measure would incorporate into the California Constitution the authority of a licensed gambling establishment to offer games played onsite with cards or tiles in which participants wager against each other, including games in which a participant known as the player-dealer wagers against the other participants, and would clarify that games played in this manner at a licensed gambling establishment are not banking or percentage games.

Bill Sponsors (2)



Jun 22, 2020


June 23 hearing canceled at the request of author.

Jun 18, 2020


Set for hearing June 23.

Jun 17, 2020


June 18 hearing canceled at the request of author.

Jun 11, 2020


Set for hearing June 18.

Jun 09, 2020


June 9 hearing: Placed on APPR. suspense file.

Jun 04, 2020


Set for hearing June 9.

Jun 03, 2020


From committee: Be adopted and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 3.) (June 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

May 29, 2020


Set for hearing June 2.

May 28, 2020


From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on G.O.

  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Referral-Committee
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
Com. on G.O.


Referral to Com. on E. & C.A. rescinded due to the shortened 2020 Legislative Calendar.

Jul 10, 2019


Referred to Coms. on G.O. and E. & C.A.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on G.O. and E. & C.A.

Jun 28, 2019


From printer. May be acted upon on or after July 28.

Jun 27, 2019


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
06/27/19 - Introduced PDF
05/28/20 - Amended Senate PDF

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