The American Gaming Association says Californian’s wagered $18.7 billion on sports in 2016, despite it being illegal in the state. On this episode of Inside the Issues, we look into one amendment that looks to change that.  

Journalist Matthew Kredell talks about the history of sports betting in California and what a proposal on the November ballot may look like. 



Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, co-authored legislation to legalize sports betting across California and online. He talks about why he would like to see it legalized and how the money generated would be used.

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Kyle Kirkland, President of the California Gaming Association, would like to see the betting become legal in the Golden State and talks about why it should be widespread and allowed in card rooms.

Jacob Mejia, Vice President of Public and External Affairs for the Pechanga Development Corporation, talks about efforts to get the California Sports Wagering Regulation and Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act on the ballot, which would allow sports betting but limit it to tribal casinos and licensed racetracks. 

Inside the Issues reporter Ariel Wesler visits Goal Sports Cafe in West Hollywood to find out what sports betting would mean for their bottom line. 

Robert Jacobson, Executive Director of the California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG), talks about how prevalent gambling addiction is in California and what services they are asking for should sports betting become legal. 

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