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State of California November 3, 1998 General
Proposition 5
Tribal-State Gaming Compacts. Tribal Casinos.

Initiative Statute. Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures.

5,090,452 / 62.4% Yes votes ...... 3,070,358 / 37.6% No votes

Infomation shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
  • Specifies terms and conditions of mandatory compact between state and Indian tribes for gambling on tribal land.
  • Mandates Governor to sign compact upon request by tribe. Permits alternative compacts only if consistent with prescribed compact.
  • Permits gambling devices and lotteries at tribal casinos.
  • Amends California law to allow slot machines and banked card games at tribal casinos.
  • Provides for contributions to trust funds benefiting nongaming tribes, statewide emergency medical care programs, and programs benefiting communities near tribes, if tribes retain monopoly on authorized gambling.
  • Provides for reimbursement of state regulatory costs.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
  • Uncertain impact on state and local revenues, depending on the extent of expansion of gambling on Indian lands in California and the amount of gambling diverted from outside the state.
  • Fiscal effect could range from little impact on revenues to significant annual increases.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The state must enter into a specific agreement with Indian tribes who wish to conduct certain gambling activities on Indian lands in California.

A NO vote of this measure means:
The state would not be required to enter into the agreement specified in this measure. The state could still negotiate with individual Indian tribes on the extent of gambling allowed on Indian lands in California.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 5:
Prop. 5 protects Native Americans' rights to have limited gaming, restricted to their tribal land. Prop. 5 promotes self-reliance among California's Indians, keeping them off welfare. Prop. 5 shares gaming revenue with non-gaming tribes for education and health programs, and saves taxpayers hundreds of millions annually. Vote yes on 5.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 5:
Proposition 5 isn't about allowing tribes to operate casinos on their lands. Federal law already guarantees that tribes can operate Indian casinos. Prop. 5 is a dramatic expansion of unregulated, untaxed casino gambling throughout California! Law Enforcement, Labor, Business, Seniors, Educators, Environmental and Local Government groups all oppose Proposition 5.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 5:
Californians for Indian
1130 "K" Street, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact AGAINST Proposition 5:
Coalition Against
Unregulated Gambling
915 L Street, Suite C119
Sacramento, CA 95814

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