Here's why Californians OPPOSE the Corporate Online Gambling Proposition

Out-of-state online gambling corporations are funding a deceptive November 2022 ballot measure that would legalize online sports gambling while falsely masquerading as a “solution” for homelessness—hurting tribes, exposing kids to the perils of online gambling and driving jobs and business out of California. The Coalition for Safe, Responsible Gaming, led by California Indian Tribes, has formed to urge a NO vote on the Corporate Online Gambling Proposition.

Exposes Kids to Online and Problem Gambling

  • This deceptive measure would legalize the largest expansion of gambling in state history—turning virtually every phone, tablet, laptop and video game console in California into a gambling device.
  • The National Council on Problem Gambling found that online gambling is far more addictive than in-person gambling. In fact, online sports gamblers are 5X more likely to develop problem gambling than other types of gamblers.
  • The accelerated speed of play, easy access and instantaneous nature of online and mobile gambling are especially attractive to youth and those prone to compulsive gambling.
  • This measure lacks critical safeguards to prevent underage gambling—there is no sure-proof way to prevent kids from placing online bets using false information or an adult’s account.
  • This measure would also allow online bets to be placed with a credit card, putting those who struggle with addiction and problem gambling at risk of easily incurring large amounts of debt.

Deceptive Measure is NOT a “Solution” to Homelessness

  • Proponents are deceptively marketing this measure as a “solution” to homelessness, but don’t be fooled. This measure was written for the sole benefit of out-of-state online gambling corporations.
  • It’s simply bad public policy to fund homelessness and mental health programs by legalizing online gambling.
  • Experts cite “gambling addiction” as a significant factor that contributes to folks becoming homeless and maintaining the cycle of homelessness.
  • California has spent more than $30 billion to address homelessness in the last five years, but things have only gotten worse. A recent report by the independent State Auditor said the state’s homelessness efforts are “disjointed,” “fragmented” and have “not fulfilled its most critical responsibilities.”
  • Look no further than the State Lottery—California voters were promised billions in new revenue for public education, but decades later, it has failed to live up to the promise.

Hurts California Indian Tribes

  • A broad coalition of California Indian tribes strongly opposes this measure because it would disrupt safe, responsible gaming that has been operating on tribal lands for over 20 years.
  • Under this measure, online gambling corporations would take near total control of the sports wagering market in California—while excluding the vast majority of Indian tribes.
  • This measure would drive business away from Indian casinos—posing a direct threat to Indian self-reliance. It would reduce funds for healthcare, education and housing in tribal communities that endure poverty at twice the rate of California’s broader population.

Shortchanges Schools and Critical State Priorities

  • Under this measure, online gambling corporations would take 90% of the profits from sports wagering out-of-state, without creating new jobs or making any real investments in California.
  • Moreover, this measure explicitly sidesteps the General Fund—not a single penny of tax revenues would go to state priorities like public schools, wildfire prevention, or emergency response.

Join our Coalition to
STOP the Corporate Online Gambling Proposition

I/we OPPOSE the Corporate Online Gambling Proposition — a proposed November 2022 statewide ballot measure that would authorize a massive explosion of online gambling while falsely masquerading as a “solution” for homelessness. This deceptive measure would escalate the risks of underage and problem gambling, hurt California’s Indian tribes and drive jobs and business out of state. You may list me/my organization in formal opposition in your coalition materials.