In a rare display of bipartisanship, California’s Republican Party has joined its Democratic counterpart in opposing Proposition 27, a ballot initiative aimed at legalizing online sports betting.
The Republican Party of California has formally stated its position on seven proposals that will be voted on by Californians this November.
Prop 27, for example, is backed by several major operators, including BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings. If passed, the proposed legislation would allow Californians to legally place bets online or through mobile apps.
However, not everyone has embraced Proposition 27. Many California tribes, as well as elected officials, business and community organizations, and others, have spoken out against the bill.
Instead, this coalition has backed a different ballot initiative: Prop 26. This would make in-person sports betting at tribal casinos and racetracks legal.
However, the Republican Party of California has also opposed this measure, in contrast to the state Democratic Party, which has chosen to remain neutral on Prop 26.
Nonetheless, California Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson stated her support for tribes.
“Prop 27 violates California’s Native American tribes’ promise to grant them the sovereign right to operate gaming in California in order to improve the lives of their communities across the state,” she said.
“We stand with California tribes in opposition to Proposition 27.”
Finally, the Republican Party’s decision to oppose Prop 27 is a setback for the initiative’s supporters.
However, the measure has received some support. Major League Baseball (MLB) praised Prop 27 earlier this month in a statement.