Three California Ballot Initiatives Seek Legalization of Sports Betting in 2022

As more states take steps to legalize sports betting, all eyes are on the nation’s most heavily populated state — California. Unlike many of the states where sports betting is – or will soon be – legal, California’s constitution does not give its legislature the power to authorize “lotteries,” a term that includes “games of chance” like sports betting. Accordingly, before the state can take steps to legalize sports betting, California’s constitution must be amended.

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Louisiana Gaming Control Board Approves Emergency Sports Betting Rules

On August 19, 2021, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (Board) published emergency rules (Emergency Rules) relating to the legalization of sports betting. The Emergency Rules went into effect on August 23 and will be in effect for a maximum of 180 days. During this period, officials are expected to take public comment and approve permanentcontinue reading

US Department of Interior’s Decision on Florida Sports Betting Compact Likely to Inspire Future Gaming Expansion If It Survives Pending Legal Challenge

As we reported previously, the U.S. Department of the Interior (Department) issued a letter on August 6, indicating it had declined to take action regarding Florida’s state-tribal gaming compact (the Compact) within the 45-day window prescribed under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). As a result, the Compact is “considered to have been approved” by operation of law. On August 16, two Florida-based gaming operators filed a lawsuit seeking to vacate the Department’s decision. If the Department can overcome this legal challenge, its August 6 decision will likely inspire tribal-state gaming expansion in other states.

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Connecticut Submits Amended Tribal Gaming Compacts in Next Step Towards Legalizing Sports Betting

As we reported previously, Connecticut enacted legislation on May 25, 2021, authorizing retail and online sports betting, online casino gaming and online daily fantasy sports, to be offered exclusively by the Connecticut Lottery Corporation and the state’s Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indian Tribes. continue reading