Why Law Enforcement Opposes Proposition 70
Proposition 70, the Tribal Gaming Compacts and Exclusive Gaming Rights Initiative on the November General Election ballot, is not what it seems.
The wealthy Indian gaming tribes behind Proposition 70 want you to believe this measure will force tribes to "pay their fair share." The truth is that it gives these Indian gaming tribes a 99-year monopoly on gambling without ever having to pay their fair share in revenues to the state. When problems arise with the provisions of Prop 70 -- which will inevitably happen -- California will be virtually powerless to deal with those problems because they are locked into place by this initiative.
Local communities across California have suffered from problems with traffic congestion, crime and environmental contamination as a result of Indian casinos. Prop 70 does not require tribes to negotiate with local governments and provides almost no money to mitigate these impacts.
Law enforcement officials strongly oppose Proposition 70 as a threat to public safety. If adopted by California voters, it would result in the following:
MASSIVE EXPANSION OF GAMBLING. Prop 70 requires the California governor to approve every single request for casino gambling that crosses his desk -- within 30 days. The approval of this initiative would encourage the establishment of casino gambling operations in virtually every county in California and there would be no limit on the location or size of these casinos or the number of gaming machines and table they could operate. The massive expansion of gambling would generate a staggering array of law enforcement problems for police, sheriff, and district attorneys throughout California. Moreover, federal law prohibits state law enforcement officials from enforcing gambling laws at tribal casinos.
NO REGULATION. Proposition 70 permits virtually no local or state regulation of casino gambling, leaving it to the tribe to regulate its own casino. According to their own estimates, tribal casinos took in close to $5 billion in gambling revenues last year alone. Gambling is a cash business - an open invitation for money laundering, skimming and rigged games. When inevitable law enforcement and public safety problems arise, law enforcement officials will be faced with serious new public safety problems and few resources available to deal with them.
Indian tribes don't need Proposition 70 to conduct legal gaming on their reservations. Federal law prescribes a process that permits tribes to operate casinos -- and build new casinos. So far, more than 60 California tribes have negotiated compacts with the state that allows these tribes to conduct legal gaming operations. Proposition 70 circumvents this process by forcing California's governor to rubber stamp every request by every tribe to build a casino anywhere they own land with no requirement that the concerns of local communities be mitigated or the cost of providing local government services be compensated.
No on Propositions 68 and 70 - Governor Schwarzenegger's Committee for Fair Share Gaming Agreements with major funding from Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team. FPPC ID# 1266181