Prop 48: Referendum to Overturn Indian Gaming Compacts

Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures

39.1% YES
60.9% NO

Summary

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe); and it exempts execution of the compacts, certain projects, and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act.

What Your Vote Means

A YES Means The state's compacts with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe would go into effect. As a result, North Fork would be able to construct and operate a new casino in Madera County and would be required to make various payments to state and local governments, Wiyot, and other tribes,
A NO Means The state's compacts with North Fork and Wiyot would not go into effect. As a result, neither tribe could begin gaming unless new compacts were approved by the state and federal governments.

Arguments

PRO Supported by Governor Jerry Brown, a yes vote on 48 will create thousands of jobs, generate economic opportunities in one of the state's poorest regions, retain local control of a strongly-supported project, provide revenue to state and local governments, promote tribal self-sufficiency, and avoid development in environmentally sensitive regions.
CON Opens floodgate for off reservation gaming. Bad deal for California. Breaks promise that Indian casinos would be on original tribal land. Authorizes massive off-reservation casino bringing more crime and pollution to Central Valley. No new money to the state general fund or schools. Vote NO on Prop 48.
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